Now we wait.
Update, Turkey has accepted the deal… “Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said Ankara had reached agreement on a draft deal, and was flying to Luxembourg for the start of the talks.”
Austria was the last hold out keeping the EU from opening talks with Turkey.. they have apparently, fallen into line. Now the Europeans are waiting for the Turkish response.
I will update this later once we know whether the Turkish government accepts the terms of the talks. I expect they will… there is too much for them to gain.
There is also a lot to gain for the rest of us, both inside and outside the EU. As I’ve said before, I believe the only real way to spread “freedom and democracy” is by strengthening and expanding the strong economic and political zones that already exist. NAFTA, the EU, APEC, the Commonwealth. These are all groupings and organizations that can have a major effect on surrounding countries. The EU being the most geared toward that goal.
When Turkey joins the EU, and they will… then countries that border it will begin to see the benefits of a true commitment to democracy, human rights, and freedom.
So what countries border Turkey that aren’t already in the EU?
You won’t be surprised by me saying this… but Turkeys’ inclusion in the EU will have far more effect on the future of Iraqs fledgling democracy than any amount of foreign troops.