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Turkish EU Minister Bağış (2nd L) is welcomed by Danish counterpart Wammen (R) and EU Commissioner Fule in Brussels. Belief for Turkey’s EU membership drops in 2012. EPA photo

Turkish EU Minister Bağış (2nd L) is welcomed by Danish counterpart Wammen (R) and EU Commissioner Fule in Brussels. Belief for Turkey’s EU membership drops in 2012. EPA photo

The number of Turks who believe the country will ultimately acquire European Union membership has dropped significantly in comparison to last year, a recent poll has revealed.

The percentage of people who say “Turkey will become an EU member” decreased from 34.8 percent to 17 percent in just a year, according to a poll conducted by the German-Turkish Foundation for Education and Scientific Research (TAVAK).

When asked whether they believed Turkey would become a member or not, only 17 percent of respondents said “yes,” while 78 percent said “no.” Asked whether the country might finally become a member after a decade’s time, even fewer – 15 percent – said “yes,” while 76 percent replied in the negative. The project’s adviser, Faruk Şen, linked the sharp decrease to negative developments in the 27-nation bloc, particularly the economic crisis. “Turkey’s growth numbers in recent years reduced the belief of Turkish people in full membership,” said Şen, who is also the head of TAVAK. The trend is not likely reverse due to the stances of France and Germany, which have been vocal in their opposition to Turkish membership, Şen said.

‘Explain more about benefits’

According to respondents, France is the most likely country to place obstacles on Turkey’s path to the EU; the next most likely countries to hinder Ankara’s progress are Germany, Greece and Greek Cyprus. The Turkish government should pursue a more aggressive policy to alter this trend, Şen said. “The Turkish government should explain more about the benefits of membership, like freedom of movement or the benefits that come from [having access to EU] funds.”

The poll was conducted among 1,110 people between June 20 and 30 in Istanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Antalya, Kayseri, Gaziantep, Artvin and Trabzon, daily Habertürk reported.

August/20/2012

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john albay

8/21/2012 10:53:32 AM

why should we want to join a club of bankrupt and near bankrupt countries , run by a unelected, undemocratic gang of nobodies in brussels? Turkey does not need the EU but the EU needs Turkey, but due to the corrupt lieing greeks and their puppets in greek occupied cyprus who block everything for Turkey (both are now Bankrupt) we could never join the EU and now WE dont want to join the EU. It looks like the eurozone will soon break up and with it the EU.

sam stevens

8/20/2012 11:31:30 AM

Are Turks beginning to see the truth...that there are no advantages ? You would pay a fee of billions of Liras every year..for what ? You already have access to their markets. What AKP 'should' do if you persist is to explain the DISADVANTAGES & believe me there are many. The main disadvantage is you will be bound by EU rules & many would conflict with Turkish traditions. Stay free Turkey, we in the UK can't wait to get out , make our own laws again & save ourselves billions of pounds PA.

Diren Sesel

8/20/2012 3:14:00 AM

AKP is trying to create an illusion of joining Europe Union most Turks dont even know what Europe Union is for, its not a union of economy but a union of civilized members upholding common values.

dogan kemal ileri

8/20/2012 2:10:57 AM

Support for membership of the EU has declined rapidly in Turkiye represents excellent news for all the bigoted ultra right wing racists,Turkophobes,Islamaphobes,and Turk haters at large in Europe.They can feel smug they have cheesed off the Turkish people who are not to be ignored or abused by anyone.So fellow Turks lets not waste even an iota of energy on the EU project and continue with even greater resolve to make Turkiye Great.We are mystically intelligent and magically resourcefull.End of!!

Red Tail

8/20/2012 12:09:35 AM

Faruk Şen, linked the sharp decrease to negative developments in the 27-nation bloc, particularly the economic crisis. HOW DOES HE KNOW? DID HE ASK ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS, OR IS IT JUST HIS OWN OPINION/GUESS?.
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