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Turkey's Erdogan Expects Full Membership in EU - 2004-10-03


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is confident that a European Commission report due this week will recommend moving forward on his country's application for admission to the European Union.

Mr. Erdogan told a German television interviewer Sunday that Turkey will settle for nothing less than full EU membership, and he rejected suggestions by some EU politicians that Turkey lacks European values.

But the bloc's expansion commissioner, Guenter Verheugen, has told Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper that the recommendations to EU leaders, due out Wednesday, will be more critical than is widely expected of Turkey's level of compliance with EU human rights standards.

The EU leaders are to consider that report when they vote in December whether to move forward with membership talks.

Mr. Erdogan is in Berlin to meet with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

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