Friday, June 12, 2009
Over the past week, elections were held across Europe, including for seats in the European Parliament (EP). Center right parties gained many seats in the EP, as well as in national elections, in the recent voting, which has caused concerns that Turkey's bid to join the EU in the near future may be further delayed. Parties gaining ground include those of Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy, both of whom have expressed doubts about Turkey's readiness to join the EU. The EP has expressed concern that Turkey has not made sufficient progress in certain areas, most particularly in the area of human rights. For its part, Turkey says that its bid for accession remains on course and that it is continuing to make progress towards the necessary reforms.