Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Strange Maneuvering in Strasbourg

News - Press service - Info - Turkey and opening accession negotiations

Confusion is probably the best way of describing the results of today's debate and vote on the issue of Turkey in the European Parliament.

At the end of the day, however, 356 MEP's voted in favour of and 181 MEP's against a resolution that gives a green light to the opening of membership negotiations.

The biggest group in the European Parliament - the centre-right EPP-ED group - is split on the issue, with the Germans and the French there opposing it all.

But it should be noted that a majority of the EPP-ED group does not share this point of view, but takes a more positive view.