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Beyond the Conventional Wisdom: Looking at the Realities of Turkey Joining the European Union

Recorded on November 30, 2004

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Is Turkey really at a crossroads? Conventional wisdom has it that the European Union will invite Turkey to begin accession negotiations in December, culminating in their eventual membership in the E.U. The truth however is far more complex, for it is the internal political dynamics of the major European states that will determine whether this rosy scenario becomes a reality. For example, the French government has pledged to hold a national referendum on Turkish accession after the negotiations are completed; at present three quarters of the French people would vote against Turkish membership in the E.U.

What is going on here? What role should the United States play in this Byzantine process? Join us as our distinguished panel of experts reviews the difficulties facing Turkey and its integration into the European Union.