Andreas Khol (People's Party), President of the Austrian National Council
The ruling Austrian People's Party (ÖVP, Österreichische Volkspartei)
"And chaos is complete if some governments do not deal
properly with their population in a fundamental question like Turkey's
accession. I think that Turkey was the main question in France (in the
referendum decision). President Chirac was the main proponent for
Turkish accession at the summit… Turkey is a special case. The question
of accession is not on the table in the next 15 or 20 years. The EU
Commission has also to take some criticism. It confirmed, for instance,
that Turkey was ready for Europe because reforms had been carried out.
The population in the EU countries saw that differently.
pledge a turnaround in European policy, which the Social Democratic
Party is doing, makes me uneasy. The consensus on European policy has
been firm through all different governments. There was also consensus
over the European constitution. It has always been clear that there are
at least three parties that share one opinion, most of the time even
four. If one says now, we want to change all that, then this is
Profil: The terms of a turnaround have been defined:
freezing enlargement until the constitution is amended.
What (trade union) president Verzetnitsch sketched out in his speech,
turning to a social Europe, a Lisbon-Europe – that is where we are fully
on board. But ratification stop, enlargement stop – this is a turnaround
I would deplore."
profil magazine, 23 July 2005
Andreas Khol (People's Party), President of the
Austrian National Council