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Media Watch 2004

18 December 2004
Source: Sabine Herre Die Tageszeitung
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Comment: The following is an extract from Sabine Herre Die Tageszeitung of Germany of 18 December 2004.
Sabine Herre Die Tageszeitung
"The EU is the loser in all the haggling. That none of the heads of government dared to let the 'historic' summit break down taught Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government an important lesson: if you hold out long enough, the EU will cave in ... The 25 heads of state and government have not suceeded in conveying to Turkey what the basic principles of the EU are."

"Enlargement commissioner [G√ľnter] Verheugen has been trying to make it clear to Turkey for years that the Cyprus problem must be solved before entry negotiations ... But what is a legal question for the EU is a question of honour for Turkey ...

"The EU is the loser in all the haggling. That none of the heads of government dared to let the 'historic' summit break down taught Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government an important lesson: if you hold out long enough, the EU will cave in ... The 25 heads of state and government have not suceeded in conveying to Turkey what the basic principles of the EU are."