... has a population of 70 million. Such an add in the population of the EU could cause many problems (economical problems, problems in the allocation of the European parliament members etc.).
Such has been an "argument" whenever a new country was joining: Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom joined the original six countries in 1973, followed by Greece in 1981, Spain and Portugal in 1986 and Austria, Finland and Sweden in 1995.
In 2004 we got as new member states: Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, while Bulgaria and Romania will follow next year.
I have one very important reason why I think Turkey should not join the EU: A couple of years ago, while negotiations over Turkey's entry were taking place, the US president, George W Bush, had the infernal cheek to make a speech in Istanbul stating that the EU should admit Turkey.
That, to me, is a good reason to exclude Turkey for ever!
There are three major ethnic groups Greeks, found along the Aegean coast. Turks who make up the majority of the western and central section of the country, and Kurds, who reside in the eastern third, particularly the southeast. There has been over the past 100 years on going conflicts between all three groups, at the moment it is between Turks and Kurds. Greeks are culturally oriented towards western Europe, Greece is already in the EU, so so a possible Greek/Turk conflict is less likely and of less significance if Turkey is admitted.
EU membership talks with Turkey were rescued from the brink of collapse yesterday as a diplomatic stand-off underlined the scale of the obstacles confronting Ankara's ambitions to join the bloc.