Many observers feared before the Newport, south Wales, meeting of EU foreign ministers that enlargement could further cede ground to a mood of isolationism that has followed the constitutional debacle earlier in the spring. Instead, the leading membership contenders Turkey and Croatia emerged unscathed from the two days of discussion. Both could even be said to have consolidated their positions, as skeptics were surprisingly muted in their objections. The formula used by several top EU representatives to refer to Turkey's prospects of opening accession talks on Oct. 3 was that they can pred...
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