Friday, 20 November 2009
Is Turkish EU membership now dead in the water?
Despite the fact that Liberal Democrats Europe-wide have just backed Turkish EU membership officially - meaning that Labour, the LibDems and the Conservatives in Britain all now support that huge phase of enlargement - Van Rompuy's appointment as the first ever permanent President of the EU could be a signal that Turkey's entry into the EU is highly unlikely in the near future.
Here is what our new unelected EU President has to say on the subject of Turkish membership:
"Turkey is not a part of Europe and will never be part of Europe. An expansion of the EU to include Turkey cannot be considered as just another expansion as in the past".
"The universal values which are in force in Europe, and which are fundamental values of Christianity, will lose vigour with the entry of a large Islamic country such as Turkey."
Or maybe I'm just a pissed off eurosceptic clutching at straws?