As Good Times Roll Now Only 38% of Turkish Public Want to Join EU


– Whilst the Turkish Government determinedly continues in its quest for EU accession, the public are rapidly going off the idea.  73% fancied membership in 2004 but a September 2010 poll drops that figure to a meager 38%.  It seems it was never about being European, it was about the economic benefits, and now Turkey has the world’s third fastest growing economy for Q2 2010 (10.3% – beaten only by Singapore and Taiwan) those benefits are shrinking.

Daniel Dias for developer Signature International building Horizon Sky close to Bodrum comments, “There are winners and losers in an economic crisis and Turkey’s emerged as a clear winner.  Brits have turned their back on the Eurozone and are choosing value-for-money Turkey, which operates in Turkish lira, for their holidays and overseas property buying.  The two industries, tourism and real estate, are close cousins and their fortunes interlink.  As a developer we’re handling several clients who’ve holidayed here for the first time then fallen for Turkey’s charms and want to have a permanent base here.  The result is increasing prosperity for the country and a flourishing development for us.”

Indeed Turkey is gobbling up all the plaudits in 2010.  On the tourism side, Cond