Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Kouchner drops support for Turkey

The French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner has dropped his support for Turkish membership in the European Union. He cites the Turkish government’s pressure tactics at the NATO summit and its move away from the secular reform path.

La Turquie dans l'UE? Kouchner n'y est plus favorable, reports Libération (7 April 2009).

Le Mexique 51e État des États-Unis d’Amérique ? was Jean Quatremer’s illustration of European quid pro quo on the Coulisses de Bruxelles blog (evening 6 April 2009), with Angela Merkel fictionally supporting Mexico’s membership as the 51st state of the USA.


We have been engaged with the same themes on this blog in previous posts.

Turkey ending its EU membership bid? (4 April 2009)

Turkey and Mexico: Join the Union! (morning 6 April 2009)

USA: Adopt Turkey and Mexico (7 April 2009)


President Obama endorsed Turkish EU membership, but did he promote it?

Ralf Grahn