As ministers from the 25-nation bloc debated a start date and conditions for negotiations with Ankara, an opinion poll in the French daily Le Figaro showed 67 percent of French voters and 55 percent of Germans oppose Turkey joining the EU.
Paradoxically, the poll found 54 percent of French people favour opening «discussions with a view to entry» with Turkey.
Support for admitting Turkey was strongest in Spain (65 percent) and Italy (49 percent), with 41 percent in favour and 30 percent against in Britain, according to the Ifop institute poll of the five big west European countries. (reuters)