So much opposition in this thread. I'd like to have a say in it. I'm sure you guys would like to hear the stance of a Turkish citizen on this matter. There actually are a lot of crucial aspects to the admission of Turkey into the EU. I'd like to highlight some conspicuous points that apparently factor into people's opinion of Turkey and the admission alone.
The European people are very inclined to eagerly embrace what they are told or what they are served in the newspapers or in the internet. The media is extravagantly corrupt and all it takes for a casual citizen to fall for a crude fabrication is a wall of slanderous text. People won't bother to trace the credibility of what they hear at a random place. I'm not saying these to justify how amicable and compassionate of a country Turkey is. However, forming your opinion around flimsy facts is not a reasonable action that a discreet individual would do. A humongous amount of public opposition taking root in Europe can be recounted with this example.
Some people who govern somewhat radical political outlook base their disapproval upon traditional notions that stem from historical disputes and cultural differences between the European countries and Turkey. Since this argument doesn't contain logic in itself, i don't see a point to object to. The European people have had a contrived union against threats from the east all along. I can't deny that Turkey had committed despicable deeds over the course of time. So the people might feel like the Turks from the east are still traditionally alien and somehow hazardous to them or might completely take a vengeful approach to this issue, technologial advancement and political alteration notwithstanding. They are acceptable in their right to do so. All i can say is that it's a bit of an extreme view.
I'm not an expert on economical and political subjects. So i'll leave it up to you guys to thoroughly analyze the pros and cons of letting Turkey into the EU. It'd probably be enormously beneficial for Turkey to establish further integration within Europe and benefit from the great market opportunities the union has to offer. It might also come in handy for the European Union to reach out into the heart of the Arab land through peaceful relations with Turkey. Nonetheless, i'm aware that the admission is bound to certain terms that Turkey must sort out particular issues and carry itself over to a commendable position to be eligible for a shot at the membership.
It's prominent that Turkey has a big hiatus to close up and become on par with the European countries in terms of financial deficiencies, educational discrepancies, environmental amenities, human rights, political unrest and whatnot. I dislike the inept and hypocritical people in the government who are ostensibly leading Turkey out of this turmoil. Besides, as an atheist, the Islamic route Turkey has recently been steered into is disheartening for future hopes, since it gradually escalates the tension in international interactions.
This is how i feel about this controversial matter. For all the reasons i listed out, it requires both sides to act together in a collaborative fashion. Europe needs to do away with prejudicial objections and fallacies it puts forward and stop dredging up the past. Turkey needs to reinforce the very foundation of its democratic structure and develop in every possible way. Maybe then the link between Europe and Turkey will branch out and we'll get along. Not for the sole purpose of Turkey's inclusion in the EU, but for a conclusive reconciliation between two distinct worlds.