Blog: Turkey, EU and human rights
Dave Leggett | 1 May 2003
Seems fair enough to me, given that countries like Romania and Bulgaria are being allowed to join. Or is it an exclusive club? Deepening versus widening? That old question still divides, but as the next wave of joiners from Central and Eastern Europe joins, why shouldn't Turkey be allowed to go through the same accession process that these countries were subject to? As more countries join, it has become too late for 'deepening' now I think and most people don't seem to want that anyway - Brussels is already a remote place for many. Maybe some people with a vested interest in a smaller, more exclusive EU club are frustrated with the way the EU is headed (lowest common denominator decision-making with more numbers makes deepening integration more difficult and shifts the balance of power also).
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