The Austrian debate on Turkey - September 2005
The Austrian debate on Turkey and the European Union has been remarkably one-sided. No other European government has been as reluctant as the government led by Wolfgang Schüssel to open the door to negotiations with Turkey. No other European social democratic party has been as clearly opposed to the opening of negotiations as the Austrian SPÖ. In no other country has the population been as hostile to Turkish EU accession as in Austria. Opposition to Turkish EU membership is not a right-wing issue, but a phenomenon of the Austrian mainstream.