Turkey EU Membership Will be Heavy Burden

STRASBOURG–European Parliament Chairman Hans-Gert Pottering Saturday said that Turkey’s membership in the European Union will be a heavy burden.

“The ascension of this country will be a heavy burden, politically, economically and culturally for the European Union,” said Pottering.

The European leader expressed that Europe should be more careful in future expansion plans.

“We need to foster policies with neighbors that do not necessarily include membership,” said Pottering, adding that an exception could be made in the case Croatia, which is eligible for membership in 2010.

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