At The Gates Of The Union

The courtship seemed to be going so well. Last month, Turkey rolled out the red carpet for the European Union's outgoing Commissioner for Enlargement, Günter Verheugen, who was on his final swing through the country before his Oct. 6 recommendation on whether Turkey should be invited to start E.U. membership talks. Verheugen seemed to be enjoying his trip immensely: he feasted on stuffed vine leaves and pastry filled with sheep's cheese in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. He tapped his feet to Kurdish folk dances, met with Christian leaders in Istanbul, and accepted a specially made bracelet: it had 26 glass...

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