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By James C. Harrington

Harrington tells a narrative that illuminates of an important problems with our time. the best way he tells the tale and the resources on which he has relied signify the simplest type of old examine and research. Jim Harrington is one my heroes for he has spent greater than 4 a long time within the fight for human rights.In this ebook, we see the fight between secular and non secular parts in Turkey. . . . Harrington has performed us a provider, for by way of seeing and figuring out what has been occurring in Turkey, we will draw classes concerning the rules of our personal executive at domestic and in a foreign country. Harrington's approach to learn and research is especially useful during this respect.Trials can, and reasonable trials will, supply voice to witness tales. . . . The case [Harrington] has selected is iconic simply because its important determine provides a problem to special secular and non secular tendencies in smooth Turkey. The case is critical to americans simply because those very tendencies are at paintings in lots of components of the center East, and since this Turkish political trial teaches us very important classes for our personal kingdom. (Michael E. Tigar, emeritus professor of the perform of legislation, Duke legislation institution, and emeritus professor of legislation, Washington collage of legislations; writer of considering Terrorism)

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21 Similarly, five people attacked the Christian publishing company Zirve Yayinevi in Malatya in April 2007, and murdered three workers, one a German citizen. After the Malatya killings, there were other attacks and murder attempts against Christians, including a Catholic priest stabbed in the stomach in an Izmir church. Like the EU, the United States has a large Catholic population. The United States also has a large number of other Christian groups. Attacks on Christians and Catholics do not sit well in Europe or America, and can undermine public sentiment about Turkey.

12 In October 2005, after a prolonged debate over Cyprus’ status and concern by some member states over admitting Turkey altogether, the EU Council agreed to a “Negotiating Framework,” and opened formal accession talks with Turkey. However, the framework language included an understanding that the negotiations would be open-ended, and did not guarantee eventual full membership. This language became a significant rallying point for some European governments, which support a rela­ tionship with Turkey that falls short of full EU membership.

Attaining EU membership is a long, rigorous, comprehensive pro­ cess. 6 In 1987, Turkey’s first application for full EU membership was de­ ferred until 1993 on grounds that the European Commission was not considering new members at the time. Although not technically a rejec- The European Union Helps Extend Democracy in Turkey 43 tion of Turkey, the decision did add Turkey to a list of nations initially turned down for EU membership. In 1995, a Customs Union agreement between the EU and Turkey set the path for deeper integration of Turkey’s economy with Europe’s.

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