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With a booming economy, an educated workforce and the second largest contribution to NATO, the country that bridges Europe and Asia has been waiting to enter the E.U. since 1987.
An entrance by Turkey into the Union would give Europe dramatically more strategic and economic clout in the region as well as shift the balance of power in Brussels. Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt, a vigorous supporter of Turkey's entrance, has said, "the accession of Turkey would give the E.U. a decisive role for stability in the eastern part of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, which is clearly in the strategic interest of Europe."
To officially be accepted into the Union, Turkey would have to be unanimously approved by member states after satisfying 35 "acquis chapters" that grade the country on civil society, military, political and trade issues.
But Turkey's internal and external affairs continue to divide members. Controversy stems over Turkey's inconsistent dedication to human rights; poor relationships with its neighbors like Armenia and Kurdistan; and Islamic fundamentalism. There is also a sense that Turkish culture is fundamentally not European. Other opponents say allowing Turkey to enter the E.U. will lead to demands by other countries on Europe's periphery like Morocco for the same.
Turkey will have to wait at least until 2013--when the E.U.'s next six-year budget comes into effect--for the next potential vote on its European future.
We'll have to see how this week's elections turn out to know how the next Parliament will behold Turkey's prospects.
A new study shows choosing to be active is a lot of work for our brains. Here are some ways to make it easier.
There's no shortage of science suggesting that exercise is good for your mental as well as your physical health — and yet for many of us, incorporating exercise into our daily routines remains a struggle. A new study, published in the journal Neuropsychologia, asks why. Shouldn't it be easier to take on a habit that is so good for us?
A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.
Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you.
The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?
- History is written by lions. But it's also recorded by lambs.
- In order to understand American history, we need to look at the events of the past as more prismatic than the narrative given to us in high school textbooks.
- Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
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