Only 15 per cent of Germansback Turkish EU membership

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15 December 2004 , BERLIN - Only 15 percent of Germans back full membership for Turkey in the European Union, according to an opinion poll on Wednesday. Some 60 percent of Germans want Turkey's ties to the European Union (EU) to be limited to a "privileged partnership" - a second class membership - which has been rejected by the Turkish government, said the TNS Emnid agency survey for the conservative newspaper Die Welt. A further 22 percent reject creating even this form of a link between Turkey and the E

15 December 2004

BERLIN - Only 15 percent of Germans back full membership for Turkey in the European Union, according to an opinion poll on Wednesday.

Some 60 percent of Germans want Turkey's ties to the European Union (EU) to be limited to a "privileged partnership" - a second class membership - which has been rejected by the Turkish government, said the TNS Emnid agency survey for the conservative newspaper Die Welt.

A further 22 percent reject creating even this form of a link between Turkey and the EU and want no formal ties at all.

The poll shows 15 percent of those surveyed want to offer Ankara full EU membership.

A total of 500 people were surveyed for the poll, according to Die Welt.

This is smaller sample than is used by most German polls which generally question between 1,000 and 2,500 people.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder backs EU membership for Turkey but the Christian Democratic alliance (CDU/CSU) opposition are mainly opposed and have vowed to try to stop membership talks if they win the country's 2006 general elections.

EU leaders will decide at a summit in Brussels this Thursday and Friday on whether to start accession talks with Ankara.

Schroeder says that if talks are started next year they will take 10 to 15 years to complete.

DPA

Subject: German news

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