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Reader feedback: Common values

Re: Bratislava: March against Turkish EU membership, Volume 11, Number 27, July 18 - 24, 2005

I think the idea of including Turkey in the EU is a noble one.

Firstly, nations can be united by values as well as culture. I always wanted the EU to be about a certain way of settling disputes, regulating the market, protecting the environment. I don't want a Europe that is all about being white and nominally Christian.

Secondly, Turkey was promised long ago that it could join some day. I expect that back in the 1960s there was a relatively small difference in perception between Turkey and Greece or Spain. Of course, now the difference is much greater, and the longer Turkey stays outside the difference will become greater and greater.

As Iraq has shown us, a noble aspiration (creating democracy in the Middle East) can lead to no end of trouble if you don't have the resources or a plan to bring it to a successful conclusion. We are entering a cynical, protectionist age of barriers.

Roger, Kendal,
UK

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