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  •  What % of the Turkish population wants EU... (7+ / 0-)

    ...membership?

    Will this tilt public opinion towards an Islamic republic format like other countries in the region?

    From The Economist before the demonstrations started;

    Such frustration is understandable: popular Turkish support for EU membership has fallen from over 70% when talks began in 2005 to as low as 33%. Nothing grates more than the various forms of watered-down membership touted by Germany’s Angela Merkel and other naysayers like the Austrians and the Dutch.

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    by Shockwave on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:20:30 PM PDT

    •  There is a degree of (9+ / 0-)

      'If they don't want us, we don't want them' but there is also a strong desire to be a member of the EU.

      I don't know what the % who support EU membership is now but it is probably more that 50%.

      There is maybe 5% of the population who want an Islamic government and I don't expect this to increase.

      Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

      by InAntalya on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:34:51 PM PDT

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      •  What's wrong with the Nation State? (2+ / 0-)
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        InAntalya, peacestpete

        Why so much aversion against it?

        A couple of months ago, the Eurorats in Brussels actually attempted to dictate the olive oil policy of EU member nations.

        The Eurocrats took it upon themselves to prohibit restaurants from refilling the olive oil bottles on restaurant tables.  Germany resisted, so the Eurocrats in Brussels backed down.

        But what business does these Eurocrats have believing that they know better than Germans how to ensure the safety of olive oil?

        Proponents of the nation state believe that German pols in Berlin know how to best regulate food safety for Germans.

        Proponents of the European Union believe that unelected Eurocrats in Brussels know best how to regulate food safety in countries where they've never been.

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        by PatriciaVa on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 01:34:04 PM PDT

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