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Tuesday, 8 October, 2002, 18:22 GMT 19:22 UK
Turkish media gloom over EU report
Flags of the member-states in front of the EU building in Brussels
Overall, Turkish commentators are pessimistic

Leaks about the European Commission's verdict on Turkey's bid for EU membership are making headlines in the country's media.

The report is due out on Wednesday, but Turkey's newspapers are confident that they know what is inside the report, and they are full of reaction and advice as to how Turkey and Europe should proceed.

Turkish newspapers
Turkey's media are pessimistic about its chances to get EU membership
Most of the Turkish media believe that human rights top the concerns of the European Commission.

The leading newspaper Milliyet says it is the failure to implement the legal reforms passed a few months ago, the continuing use of torture, the imprisonment of party officials, and restrictions on the right to freedom of religious expression.

Pessimistic

Several papers note that while there is praise for the efforts which Turkey has made to meet the criteria laid down by the EU as a pre-condition for membership negotiations, the commission itself has offered nothing in response.

According to one paper, there is a bright side of sorts to the commission's report - economic aid to Turkey will be increased. But that reported recommendation comes with hard words about the structure of Turkey's economy.

The commission apparently condemns the continuing problems in the banking sectors, and the overlarge role of the state.

Overall, Turkey's commentators are pessimistic about the report.

There has been no comment yet from the Turkish Government.

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