Prague to Protest Turkey’s EU Membership

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The capital city of the Czech Republic will be the site for a major demonstration from the Voice for Europe international civic initiative on Friday protesting Turkey’s membership in the European Union.

Czech members of the European Parliament Josef Zieleniec and Tomas Zatloukal are set to take part in the protest.

Since May–the Voice for Europe has been collecting signatures from citizens of several European Union countries–including the Czech Republic–under a petition against Turkey’s EU entry.

About 30,000 people have signed the petition so far–including an outstanding 11,000 from the Czech Republic.

In a related development–Wolfgang Schuble–vice president of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU)–stated in an interview with a Polish daily paper that Turkey should formally recognize the sovereignty of Cyprus as one of the conditions for EU membership talks–whose outcome should be "privileged partnership."

The CDU-CSU coalition is expected to make significant gains in the German elections scheduled for September 18. According to Schuble–"the EU should not extend beyond the boundary of what we call the European continent. Otherwise–people will stop identifying with it. And if so–Turkey–the vast part of which lies outside Europe–cannot belong to the Union."

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