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Europeans against Turkey in EU: Poll
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Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:8AM
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A recent poll has shown that the majority of the people of eight European countries are against Turkey's membership in the European Union.


The telephone survey, conducted by The German Marshall Fund, indicated that 71 percent of the participants in Germany, England, France, Austria, Czech, Poland, Italy, and Spain were against Turkey's accession to the EU.

About 28 percent of the respondents voiced agreement with the move. Only one percent said they did not have any opinion on the issue.

The study was conducted among about 3,000 adults between November 4 and 19 and its results were published on December 9.

Turkey, which straddles Asia and Europe, entered formal membership talks with the 27-nation bloc in 2005, but reluctance among some EU states on the matter has slowed related progress to a near standstill.

The country has been able to fully complete only one of the 35 chapters in the policy areas of the EU law to which it is required to reconcile its standards. Eighteen have been frozen because of opposition on the part of member states, including Cyprus and France.

It must first successfully complete negotiations with the European Commission on each of the chapters of the acquis communautaire, comprised of the accumulated legislation, legal acts, and court decisions, which constitute the body of the EU law. Afterwards, the member states must unanimously agree on granting the membership.

AS/HN/MA

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