Turkey and European Union
Turkey is negotiating with EU for membership
When modern Turkey`s foundation was laid in 1932, this secularly democratic country with its huge Muslim population remained close to the west. Turkey was one of the founding members of the United Nations, a part of the council of Europe (1949) and NATO (1952) and a member of OECD (1961). In 1963 when Turkey got recognition as an associate member of the European Community (now called European Union), from then on it has struggled for admission as a full-fledged member of that body.
The European Union or EU is the conglomeration of 15 powerful west European nations, which together went on to make the wealthiest and optimally successful trading block of the world. Later in 1999, Turkey became an official candidate of the EU and finally the relationship between Turkey and European Union took a distinct turn when on 3rd October 2005 membership negotiations with Turkey were symbolically opened by the EU.
Iit is a matter of time for the world to witness whether or not Turkey, after so much of endeavor on its part, will finally join European Union as a full-fledged member state.