Sunday, October 17, 2004

Transatlantic Views - part 4

The good news on page 56 is that there is nowhere an absolute majority who think Turkish membership in the EU would be a bad thing. Most people take the indifferent position. Even better that only two countries don't have more who think it would be a good thing than those thinking it would be bad - but these are France (16% vs 35%, a third of the latter having problems with a Muslim country in the EU) and, given earlier polls to me surprisingly, Germany (26% vs. 28%) - the latter is further mystified by the very high (53%) fraction of the negatives who chose OTHER as their main reason. 73% of Turks themselves think it would be a good thing - most (70%) because of economic improvement, while for current EU members and Americans, the EU's good effect on the Middle East dominates.

More tomorrow.


At 12:25 AM, Blogger josh narins said...

I'm hoping for a resurgent Turkia. Stretching from Turkey, through the Stans (minus Tajik) plus Mongolia, and (shhh! whatever might emerge in Tungus-land and Manchuria).


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