The Turkish government is extremely anxious to have its nation enter the European Union which would allow free flow of goods and people throughout the union. However, the EU enlargement committee has raised several questions concerning the extent of democracy within Turkey. A recent report pinpointed the continuing large role of the nation’s military in civilian issues, the slow progress on many human rights issues, and failure to protect intellectual property. There was an original strong feeling within the EU to accept Turkey, but conflicts about women rights in the nation, failure to deal with concerns of its Kurdish minority and the presence of a military which regards itself as protecting Turkey against extreme religious factions are continually cited by EU investigators into the application process.
The European Union wants more progress in the area of human rights, curbing of the Constitutional Court power which frequently over rides actions of parliament, and the need to finally resolve problems on divided Cyprus.