Posted on 14 February 2011
Public EU figures say Yes to Turkey.
question of Turkey’s accession to the European Union is reopened today with an appeal from 50 prominent politicians and intellectuals for the door to full membership for Ankara to be kept open.
“Starting with the European Union’s neighbours, the best way to secure peace and prosperity is to honour existing commitments to countries seeking membership and to encourage political reforms with more generous offers of economic opportunity and political co-operation,” the 50 public figures say in a statement launching a new think-tank, the European Council on Foreign Relations.
The signatories include Joschka Fischer, a former German foreign minister, Giuliano Amato, a former Italian premier and current interior minister, and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a former French finance minister, who is to be the International Monetary Fund’s next managing director.
Others are Martti Ahti-saari, Finland’s ex-president, who is the UN special envoy for Kosovo, Bronislaw Geremek, a former Polish foreign minister, and Chris Patten, the Oxford University chancellor and former European commissioner.
FT London 2 October 2007. (Abridged)