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Europe Invites Turkey to Hold Membership Talks Next October

Despite widespread public opposition, the European Union’s political leaders said late Thursday that Turkey had made sufficient progress in political and economic reforms and should be invited to start talks next year toward joining the union. The 25 prime ministers and presidents suggested Oct. 3, 2005, as the starting date for talks on Turkey’s joining the union, and sent the offer to Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan. Earlier, speaking as much to the anxious Turkish public as to Europe’s hesitant politicians, Mr. Erdogan threatened to turn down a European Union offer that did not provide a precise date for such talks and said the objective must be Turkey’s full membership.Full Story

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