April 8, 2010
This story about Turkey’s accession bid to join the EU was published by EurActiv on 8th April.
With Turkey as a member, the European Union would become “the most important peace project in world history,” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an claimed during an official visit to France yesterday (7 April). EurActiv France and EurActiv Turkey report.
Erdo?an promoted the long-standing ties between the two countries during the closing ceremony of the Turkish Season in Paris, a cultural festival which lasted nine months and saw more than 600 activities take place in 120 cities.
The Turkish prime minister cited Amin Maalouf, a Lebanese-born French writer, and said his books demonstrated how Christian and Islamic cultures, languages and destinies were nested one within the other.
However, the Turkish media focused on French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s absence from the event, which was interpreted as a demonstration that the French president does not want to pay much attention to Turkey’s EU bid, EurActiv Turkey reports.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Season in France produced little result, EurActiv France writes, with Turkey’s EU bid not on the official agenda of talks between Sarkozy and Erdo?an.
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