Charlemagne – of The Economist, not of the Franks – wonders if Barack Obama has accidentally fired a rather explosive device in the run-up to the European elections by calling for Turkish membership of the EU.
As we all remember, there were some recent incidents involving Denmark and Turkey and the Danish People’s Party tried to make to most of it. If we look at the platforms for the 2009 European Parliament election – see my links here – most parties dodge the issue one way or the other.
- No mention: Social Democrats, Conservatives, June Movement, People’s Movement.
- Strongly negative: Danish People’s Party (“Turkey should never be a member of the EU” – Islam, women’s rights and size/economic development as the main arguments)
- Mention: Liberals (“Not relevant at the moment or in the shorter term”)
- Positive: Socialists, Social Liberals (long term – when the country lives up to membership criteria)