German industrialist backs Turkey in EU
15 June 2004, BERLIN - In Germany's ongoing debate about Turkish membership of the European Union, a powerful industrial leader Tuesday gave his backing to Turkey joining the EU.
15 June 2004
BERLIN - In Germany's ongoing debate about Turkish membership of the European Union, a powerful industrial leader Tuesday gave his backing to Turkey joining the EU.
Michael Rogowski, president of the Federation of German Industry (BDI), told German television ARD that he was an absolute backer of Turkey being given entry in the now 25-nation bloc.
He said having Turkey in the EU could be a major contribution to world peace. Beyond that, Rogowski said, "promises have been made to the Turks for years, for decades now".
He conceded that within the BDI - the umbrella organisation of Germany's industrial confederations - the issue of Turkish membership is "extremely controversial".
Rogowski's remarks put him in the camp, generally of the political left and environmentalist Greens, who back the prospect of Turkey one day joining the EU. Germany's conservative parties and groups generally are opposed.
Around 2 million ethnic Turks live in Germany, making up by far the largest group of foreigners in the country.
Subject: German news