Friday, June 24, 2005

"Schroeder Has Lost His Nerve"

It is good that Blair is pressing for genuine economic reforms of the EU. Europe sorely needs it. I just wish he could stop pushing Turkey's accession to the EU at the same time:

"Schroeder Has Lost His Nerve"

Schroeder has lost his nerve. The domestic reaction to his reform program and to some of his European Union policies has made him pull in his horns. He has said that Blair let him down by going too far. But Blair now feels that Schroeder no longer has the ability to break free of the kind of social model which Blair feels needs to be modified.

Why Turkey's EU Bid Could Hinge on Britain

The collapse of the European constitution has lent greater weight to the powerful opponents of Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is frustrated by France and Germany, and increasingly Ankara believes that Tony Blair is their last hope for joining the club.


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