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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Is the Blame Game afoot?

The debate about Turkey's stalled EU-accession negotiations is heating up. I have previously commented on Erdoğan's Newsweek Op. Ed., in which he described the EU in rather harsh terms. Now, in a meeting at Davos Turkey's former top negotiator and current Deputy PM, Ali Babacan (pronounced Baba-Jaan) has warned that the Union is turning into a "Christian club."

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Ali Babacan at Davos in 2008. Copyright World Economic Forum (

According to the AFP, Babacan remarked that the "open door policy" of the EU is simply "not there" anymore. And that
one of the big themes about why Turkey cannot become a member of the European Union is because it is a Christian club. This is in our view very, very dangerous
There are several ways to interpret these moves, but my best guess is that the Turkish leadership is
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