H.D.S. Greenway comments in Europe's Stake in Turkey in today's Boston Globe:
'....Not that Turkey hasn't been turning reform somersaults to suit the Europeans - overhauling its laws, abolishing the death penalty, improving human rights, and asserting civilian control over the military --- all of this by a nominally Islamist government. ....While it may be true that many Turks are tired of jumping over ever-higher bars to please the Europeans, others see the pressure to join Europe as advantageous to bringing badly needed reforms for Turkey's own sake. For them the journey to Europe......is as important as the arrival.' 'While American hard power is destroying Iraq,' said professor and journalist Sahin Alpay, 'European soft power is transforming Turkey.'
"Europe's Stake in Turkey"