Will EU Respect Turkey Membership Bid?

Turkey has submitted its bid to enter the European Union, but there is strong opposition from nations like France which do not wish to allow a large Muslim nation to become part of what they consider to be a Christian alliance. The Independent Commission of Turkey, which consists of former heads of state, urged European political leaders to honestly examine the membership bid, and not to allow anti-Muslim prejudice to get in the way. “Negative remarks by European politicians and the growing hesitation on enlargement is discouraging Turkish voters and politicians to achieve the EU goal.”

There is no question French President Sarkozy has led the anti-Turkish movement since he fears growth in the EU Muslim population. The Commission essentially asked that Turkey’s application “receive equal treatment as all other candidate countries.” Fair enough.