Can Turkey’s entry into the EU be stopped? Does Europe wish to survive? From DPA, with thanks to Anthony:
BERLIN (DPA) — Germany’s conservative opposition has again thrown into question the mandate for the European Union membership talks with Turkey.
Talks between the European Union (E.U.) and Turkey are due to begin on October 3.
This will be after Germany’s early national election in September, which opinion polls predict will result in a win for the Christian Democrat-led (CDU) opposition.
But in a weekend interview with Deutsche Presse Agentur, a leading CDU official, Matthias Wissmann sought to play down Turkey’s hopes for eventually signing up to E.U. membership.
According to Wissmann, who also chairs the German Parliament’s committee on European Affairs, the talks need to avoid allowing Turkey “any illusion that it can expect full membership.”