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"Die EU braucht die Türkei als vollwertiges Mitglied" | Erweiterung und Nachbarn | EurActiv.de - Portal: EU-Informationen, EU-Nachrichten, EU-Debatten mit News, Hintergrund und Politikpositionen - Europa und Europe, EU-Kommission, EU-Parlament, EU-Rat undGerhard Schröder hat intensiv für die Vollmitgliedschaft der Türkei und für ein Assoziierungsabkommen samt Visafreiheit für Russland geworben.
The widespread sense among observers that the Turkish EU accession process might be headed for imminent failure has been present from its very outset. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, however, the risk of a "train crash" in the accession talks is minimal.
Turkey's application to accede to the European Union was made on 14 April 1987. Turkey has been an associate member of the European Union (EU) and its predecessors since 1963. [ 2 ] After the ten founding members, Turkey was one of the first countries to become a member of the Council of Europe in 1949, and was also a founding member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 1961 [ 3 ] and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 1973.