Europe: The Grand Gesture

  • 1999-12-16
  • By Gwynne Dyer
It's just as well that the United States is not applying to join the European Union because it could never qualify. "It would be very difficult, not to say impossible, to be part of the family of European countries if you maintain the death penalty," as EU foreign policy representative Javier Solana told Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem last month.Some people would say that Turkey is at least as unlikely a candidate for membership in the EU as the United States, but it does have three things in its favor. Part of Turkey, at least, is physically in Europe. It has not executed anybody sinc...
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