Saturday, 21 November 2009

New EU President Brings Hope to Europe on Turkey Issue

He may be Mr. Anonymous but the new EU President, Herman Van Rompuy, seems to be on the right side of the Turkey question, if reports are to be believed.

Reuters has this quote:

"Turkey is not a part of Europe and will never be part of Europe," the independent online newspaper quoted him as saying in December, 2004.

"The universal values which are in force in Europe, and which are also fundamental values of Christianity, will lose vigor with the entry of a large Islamic country such as Turkey," he told a meeting of the Council of Europe on the subject of Turkey's possible entry into the EU.

Of course he's now trying to backtrack on these statements, at least in public, and replacing them with the usual bland Eurospeak. But hopefully those original quotations show where his heart lies.

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