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European Parliament Priorities for Turkey Following the Elections of the 12th of June 2012: the Need for “UzlaĹ&#x;maâ€?

rights and fundamental freedoms, and one which is based upon democracy, rule of law and a socially oriented market economy can develop into a stable and prosperous society. These are the goals of the Copenhagen criteria; and therefore all political parties in Turkey should work together constructively to achieve a consensus about the modernisation of the country. Conclusion Much has been done, not only in terms of harmonizing laws and regulations; but also, and most importantly, much has been achieved in terms of the understanding that only more democracy and full participation of all of society can bring prosperity and stability. With all this in mind, it has been especially gratifying to see the recent changes in Turkish society. Many citizens, intellectuals and representatives of minorities have sought to participate actively in modernising Turkey. That open debate on many issues was previously considered taboo, and now is not, is a proof of this. My message, in each and every progress report, has been that the drive for more democracy is much more important than the opening of technical negotiations. Therefore, it is very important that government and opposition together with civil society combine and redouble there efforts to make Turkey a more democratic and prosperous country. Turkey is a unique country therefore the negotiations with Turkey are unique. Many in Europe have very strong feelings about Turkish membership of the EU. We should allow this debate to continue but Turkey has to seize the opportunity to answer all criticisms and dissuade those who hold negative ones.

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