Merkel and Stoiber finally agree on something. Union party leaders call for petition against EU membership for Turkey. Jim calls this "mobbing at the highest level" and wonders:
"What comes next? 'The Ugly Turk'? Should we buy our produce only from the Dutch? Will the crescent have to be worn on clothing?" (translation mine)
No, it won't come to that, but the campaign does evoke ugly emotions. One can be for or against Turkish membership, but the issue belongs in parliament, not on the street. At a time when far-right parties are making gains at the polls, I'd expect democratic parties to do better than try to ride on their coattails. Shame on CDU/CSU.