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Put to the PMOS that President Barosso had said that there would be pressure when Turkey came into the EU and that the date of its accession would be "very much open ended", the PMOS replied that our commitment was to start negotiations with Turkey. We had made no secret that we wanted to see that process move forward as quickly as possible, and we believed that enlargement was an advantage for Europe as a whole, and that process should therefore continue. The PMOS said enlargement was an issue which people wanted to see happening in the proper way, and that way was to make sure that the necessary investment would bring the accession countries up to the standard of the rest of the EU because that would result in a virtuous circle, as the whole of the EU would become more prosperous as a result.

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  1. The only people who want to see Turkey join the EU (apart from the Turks) are the UK government, the US government, and various Think Tanks. The whole project is dead in the water. There are at least half a dozen countries who are so set against it theat they are totally up for vetoing it. It just isn’t going to happen, who are they kidding.

    Comment by square peg — 23 Jun 2005 on 10:53 pm | Link

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