Menezes Chilongo , May 2010
European Union Should Accept Turkish Membership
ByMenezes Bandumba Enfraim ChilongoMay 2010
Turkey has been trying for EU membership since the 1950s and now Turkey’s
relations with the EU entered a new era With the start of accession negotiations. EuropeanUnion should accept Turkish membership taking account of its remarkable progress in
economy and Turkish’s strategic localization.
Those opposed to Turkish membership in the European Union point out severalissue. First, they claim that Turkey is large in terms of population and small in economic size.Hughes (2004) claims that Turkey is a country with a huge population and very small ineconomic terms with political and economic implications. He further states that in economicterms, Turkey will have a small impact on the European Union Market. Hughes might have a
point; however, the reality is very different from what he states. Turkey’s population is not
adults now, most of them are children. This means that they will contribute to the progress of
Turkish economy in the near future. What is more, Turkey’s economy has been growing
significantly if we compare with some other countries which are already members of
European Union. Domaniç (2007) claims that 20% of th
e Turkish population is children nowbut as some studies show, by 2020 they will reach their working age and will contribute to thedevelopment of the country. Furthermore, he states that Turkish economy has been growing atany significant rate and this has contributed to the stability of the macro-economy as well. Asa result of this, not only the inflation but also the public sector deficit and debt have reduced.