Turkish Cliffhanger

In the end we all toasted the outcome to a dicey diplomatic process

Published: Wednesday, 10/05/2005 12:00 am EDT

It was a cliffhanger lunch meeting organized by the EU Canada Network at the Chateau Laurier this week when diplomats, media and academics got to together to analyze Turkey's accession to the European Union. But what sent many of the meeting's participants diving to their Blackberries for breaking news on the negotiations was the worry that the entire venture might at any moment come crashing down in failure. After listening to the speakers, it soon became clear that the failure of negotiations, which were stalled by Austria, could have profoundly negative effects on the EU.

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