Full Comments Araminta Wordsworth brings you a daily round-up of quality punditry from across the globe. Today: Not even the Turks seem very upbeat about their governments application to join the European Union.
Only about 33% of them now think its a good idea, down from more than 70% in 2005, when talks began.
From European nations, the silence is deafening. They remain nervous about letting in a Muslim country, with a history of repression of minority groups, most notably Kurds. There are also worries about freedom of the press more than 70 journalists are in jail, most just for doing their jobs.
Then theres the spectre of the creeping Islamization under way under the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seen by many as a latter-day sultan. (continue reading...)