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Poll: Austrians Don't Want Turkey in EU

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TEHRAN, June 14 (ICANA) – A recent poll shows that about 70 percent of Austrians do not want Turkey to join the European Union.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 8:52:36 PM
Poll: Austrians Don't Want Turkey in EU

The telephone poll was carried out by Germany's Friedrich Ebert Foundation from May 26 to 28 and the results were published on June 6, the Research Center of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting reported on Monday.

Sixty-nine percent of the participants said they are against Turkey joining the EU, 17 percent of those polled are in favor of the move, and 14 percent did not have any opinion on the issue.

Analysts say the major unspoken reason is that Turkey is a devout Muslim nation.

In addition, because of its size, Turkey would have significant decision-making power in the EU, something observers say makes many Europeans uneasy amid growing Islamophobia on the continent.

Turkey now has the fastest growing economy in Europe, and it has a younger population than every European Union country.

On Sunday, Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won a third successive victory in parliamentary elections.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan collected a little less than 50 percent of the vote and his AK party secured around 326 of the 550 seats in the parliament, which is less than the 330 needed to hold a referendum on rewriting the constitution.

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