Thursday, June 30, 2005

Turkey faces fresh obstacle on rocky road to joining EU

THE European Commission raised a new obstruction to Turkey’s EU membership yesterday when it said that a key factor in the negotiations would be the existing union’s ability to absorb financially and politically the huge Muslim country.

Tabling a draft mandate for the talks, which are due to open on October 3, the Commission emphasised that enlargement should “strengthen the process of continuous creation and integration” in the EU and that “every effort should be made to protect the cohesion and effectiveness of the union”.

Olli Rehn, the Enlargement Commissioner, who will lead the negotiations for the EU, insisted that two key factors in this absorption capacity would be the budgetary consequences of Turkish membership and the impact its presence would have on the union’s ability to take decisions.

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