Azerbaijan, Baku 30 January / corr Trend K.Ramazanova, F.Rzayev / Turkey's membership in the European Union (EU) is not bad, but EU laws could disrupt the country's traditons, Normann Stown, an asistant to Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, said.
"Imagine Turkey of 19 20s, which was the ruins. Only 1 or 2 percent of people were literate. Now Turkey is self-sufficient," Stown said.
Currently Turkey is in discussion with the EU on joining this organization. In 1963 Turkey signed an agreement with the European Economic Union, a predecessor of the EU which recognized the country's right for entry to the union.
In 1978-1979 Turkey was invited to enter the EEU together with Greece, but it refused.
After the armed coup d'etat in 1980, Europe ceased its relations with Ankara and the talks were restored only after 1983. Nevertheless, during the summit in 1997 the EU refused to recognize Turkey as a candidate for membership. The country received this right only in 2000 on conditions if the country reforms the legislation on the protection of human rights.
In August 2002 the reform program was adopted at the Turkish Parliament and in October 2004 the European Commission recommended initiating talks on Turkey's entry to the EU.
The Turkish-European relations are complicated by Turkey's unwillingness to recognize Cyprus, which entered the EU in May 2004. In 1974 Turkey brought troops in the northern part of the island, and since then the government does not recognize the legitimacy of the Government of South Greek part.
On the other hand, Turkey expands the EU's domestic market and will offer the European companies suffering from rapid aging of their populations with a qualified workforce. By 2014, 25% of the people of Turkey will be younger than 14 years.
Speaking about his book Stown said that there was no hostility between the Turkish and Russian descendants.