EU to Turkey: Change your constitution / Says human rights, freedom issues still barrier to membership (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) FROM JOSEPH FARAH´S G2 BULLETIN 12/10/10)
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While the European Union has snubbed for years Turkey´s bid to become
a member, it now is telling the Muslim nation to fix its constitution
to protect human rights and become a "full-fledged pluralistic
democracy," according to a report from Joseph Farah´s G2 Bulletin.
But even compliance does not yet guarantee that EU member nations
would grant Turkey´s admission request.
In a resolution, the European Parliament said there is "the pressing
need for an overall constitutional reform transforming Turkey into a
full-fledged pluralistic democracy, with the protection of human
rights and fundamental freedoms at its core."
The EU pointed to Turkish laws that limit freedom of expression,
press freedom and impose restrictions on Internet sites.
At the same time, the EU praised Ankara for reforming its judiciary
and military-civilian democracy, urging "the parliament to become
active in ensuring parliamentary oversight of security forces,
including full oversight of the defense budget."
The EU document is just the latest to throw up obstacles to Turkey´s
membership. Analysts believe it is a cover for the continued strong
opposition to Turkey´s membership by such EU members as Germany,
France and Greece.
For more than 10 years, Turkey has pursued membership in the EU, the
only Muslim country that has sought such recognition. It serves as a
bridge between East and West. (Copyright 1997-2010 WorldNetDaily.com
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