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Turkey's sometimes hostile stance toward its own religious and ethnic minorities has been a persistent source of concern to Western governments as the country presses ahead with its campaign for European Union membership.
Although the government officially preaches tolerance, it historically has failed to rein in virulent ultranationalist groups. Authorities were accused of ignoring repeated death threats against Hrant Dink, an ethnic Armenian newspaper editor who was gunned down outside his offices in Istanbul in January. Prosecutors later said a teenager confessed to the shooting.
At the Zirve publishing house in Malatya's city center, police discovered the three victims bound hand and foot and tied to chairs with their throats cut. Two were dead; the third died later at a hospital.
Originally posted by Dock6
It's my cynical belief that Turkey will be accepted for no better reason that this will be to the enormous financial advantage of Big Business.
The more Turks interact on all levels with the West, the more keen they will be maintain mutual respect and co-operation.
It won't happen overnight, but as it's in Turkey's interests to demonstrate secularism rather than as now, to claim it, there's a good chance a new EU broom will sweep away Turkey's hard-liners --- eventually those hard-liners will agree to move with the times, or will have to move elsewhere. I don't feel there's much doubt that Turkey will be accepted sooner rather than later.