Barroso sees Turkey tied to Europe as 'alternative' to radical Islam
Turkey's integration into Europe would offer "a powerful alternative" to radical Islam throughout the world, the European Commission president, José Manuel Barroso, said Thursday.
Barroso - on the first day of a three-day visit to this country campaigning for membership in the European Union - said the country must strengthen democracy and carry out more reforms to join the 27-member group.
"Turkey demonstrates that a secular democratic republic, with a predominantly Muslim population, well integrated in Europe, offers a powerful alternative to fundamentalist temptations throughout the world," he said in an address to Parliament.
But Barroso warned: "There is no shortcut to accession" for Turkey.
1) Barroso sees Turkey tied to Europe as 'alternative' to radical Islam