Back 19 - Next 

Attitudes to Turkish EU membership

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Recip Erdogan
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In 2007:

16 percent of Germans supported Turkey's accession to the EU-
43 percent of Germans opposed it
39 percent of German were undecided (see table 1)


65 percent of Germans nonetheless expect that Turkey will join the EU. (see table 2)
Only 20 percent of Germans see enough common values between Turkey and "the West". 79 percent see mainly different values (see table 3)

What is remarkable, however, is the shift in attitudes between 2004 and 2005: within a year the number of opponents of Turkish accession jumped from 28 percent to 40 percent, while the number of supporters fell by 10 percent.

 

Table 1: Turkey's membership of the European Union would be…   (Answers in percent)

 

2004

2005

2006

2007

A good thing
A bad thing
Neither good nor bad
Refused to answer

26
28
43
3

16
40
43
2

16
42
40
3

16
43
39
1

 

Table 2: How likely is it that Turkey will join the European Union? (in percent)

 

2007

2008

Likely
Not likely

62
36

65
34

 

Table 3: Which view is closer to your own? (in percent)

"Turkey has such different values that it is not really part of the West"

"Turkey has enough common values with the West to be part of the West"

 

79 percent

20 percent

 Back 19 - Next