Germans reject Turkish EU membership

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25 February 2004 , BERLIN - A majority of Germans oppose allowing Turkey to joint the European Union, a poll showed Wednesday. The Stern magazine/RTL TV poll showed 57 percent against allowing Turkey into the EU, with 38 percent in favour and 5 percent saying they were unsure. Based on a survey of 1,005 people the poll has a 3 percent margin of error. Earlier this week German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder visited Turkey and expressed support for Turkish EU membership provided Ankara met the bloc's standards

25 February 2004

BERLIN - A majority of Germans oppose allowing Turkey to joint the European Union, a poll showed Wednesday.

The Stern magazine/RTL TV poll showed 57 percent against allowing Turkey into the EU, with 38 percent in favour and 5 percent saying they were unsure.

Based on a survey of 1,005 people the poll has a 3 percent margin of error.

Earlier this week German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder visited Turkey and expressed support for Turkish EU membership provided Ankara met the bloc's standards for human rights, rule of law and minority protection.

Germany's opposition Christian Democratic alliance (CDU/CSU) mainly opposes Turkish EU membership and the issue will likely be raised in coming German regional and June European Parliament elections.

EU leaders are due to decide at a December summit in Brussels whether to open membership negotiations with Turkey.

 

DPA
Subject: German news

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