David Cronin, The Guardian | January 7, 2009
22 years after Turkey's first application, EU membership is as remote a prospects as ever, with Bulgaria presenting the latest hurdle. ++ Although Turkey should be required to improve its human rights record, the antipathy directed at Ankara is another matter entirely and has been "tantamount to racism." ++ In fact, "there is a tacit agreement among some of the most powerful leaders that the union must remain predominantly Christian." ++ They seem to forget that the EU was set up to be a club of democracies, not of Christian nations.