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I find strange that so many American on newspapers or blogs are very open minded to the inclusion of Turkey in Europe. I would love to see them as open minded for the inclusion of Mexico as US state, that is a very similar situation.

If you think americans would not welcome the idea (you are building walls at the frontier) of Mexico as a huge state of the Union you should be able understand why European citizens are strongly opposed to this other anglosaxon idea.

from a recent pool, only 26% (60% opposed) of european support the idea of

  • having to foot the bill of Trillions dollars to build Turkey infrastructure
  • having frontiers with Iran/Iraq/Syria
  • having to be invoved in Kurdish problem as a     "European" problem
  • having the biggest country in Europe (and growing at rate of 1 millions per year) with vote power that come with it, be extremely poor, nationalist,militarist.
  • having an huge immigration of a population that does not mix at all (less than 2% of "inter-cultural" marriage)

And this opposition as nothing to do with Turkey beeing muslim (secularity only enforced by the will of the army) since Albania and Kosovo will be welcome.
by fredouil (fredouil@gmailgmailgmail.com) on Mon Dec 11th, 2006 at 05:35:30 PM EST

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