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It seems that so long as a country is a secular democracy, religion should not enter into it.
It shouldn't, but it does.

The nefarious reasons come from the Christian Democrats, the largest party in the European Parliament, being Islamophobic.

As for cooperation between Europe and Turkey, consider NATO, the EuroMediterranean Partnership and the Alliance of Civilisations.

Turkey is in Eurovision, UEFA, NATO and the Council of Europe.


Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Sep 26th, 2006 at 12:22:51 PM EST
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And we have customs union with them.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Sep 26th, 2006 at 12:23:39 PM EST
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Turkey is in Eurovision, UEFA, NATO and the Council of Europe.

But they have an Asian international telephone code (90) ...

(I say that in jest, I'm personally favorable to Turkey joining. The immigration argument is the silliest. The examples of Spain and Portugal show that migrations go the other way round once the countries join the EU and benefit from accelerated development)

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Sep 26th, 2006 at 12:36:04 PM EST
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