Katrin Bennhold of the IHT asks if Turkey is set to join. The most important statistic, at least in my opinion:
With 70 million inhabitants, Turkey is already the second-most populous country in the region, behind Germany with 82 million; by 2020, Turkey’s population is projected to reach 85 million, while Germany’s is expected to ease slightly, United Nations forecasts show.
And this will mean:
The question at the heart of Giscard’s argument is this: Even if Turkey is given a date to begin accession talks later this year, how likely would it be that it would win the required unanimous approval from all existing EU members a decade from now, when it would carry the most weight in EU decision making from the start?