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Old 06-04-2011, 11:21 AM
Stapler Malone Stapler Malone is offline
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Default Re: Worldwise: Turkey and the Arab Spring (Steven A. Cook & Mustafa Akyol)

Originally Posted by Florian View Post
The official "policy" of the US State Department is that the European Union should open its doors to Turkey.
The quotes around policy are well-placed. Just because that's what will be said from podiums doesn't mean that anyone is putting any effort behind it. In the early 1990s there was a good bit of American apprehension that a united Europe would displace the USA as a superpower (haha, good times); in many powerful corners of the US gov't it was seen as important to slow-roll Turkish accession to Europe in order to keep Europe from getting too strong.
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