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Tuesday, November 14, 2006


This is a comment I put on a Discussion on Techcentralstation which I realised I hadn't mentioned before. I have always though that Turkey was not culturally part of Europe & would only cause problems as a member but hadn't actually worked out the problem inherent in population growth:

The US wants Turkey in the EU because it helps keep them tied in to NATO but the disadvantages which acrue to the EU countries alone are same that the US would have with union with Mexico.

Not only has Turkey got 72 million people, making it marginally smaller than Germany, it has a growth rate of 1.13%
which means that it will be up to 144 million by 2070.

Since it is far poorer than all other members & is the only solidly Moslem one the problems should be obvious. The fact that turkey, overwhlmingly, is in Asia rather than Europe is a, relatively, minor consideration.

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