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Argument: EU membership would help strengthen democracy in Turkey

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David L. Phillips. "Turkey's Dreams of Accession". Foreign Affairs. Sept/Oct. 2004 - Summary: The hope of joining the EU has driven major reforms in Turkey, including economic liberalization, human rights protection, and greater civilian oversight of the military. But these reforms have fueled suspicions among Islamists and hard-line army officers. EU membership would help Turkey become a successful Muslim democracy, strengthen it as an ally in the fight against terrorism, and foster liberalization in the Islamic world.

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