Reportage and Archives: Archives: Istanbul on the Threshhold of the EU: Street scene in Istanbul\'s working class Zeyrek neighborhood

Children play in the streets of Zeyrek, a religiously conservative working-class neighborhood of Istanbul. Among the concerns voiced by Europeans who oppose allowing Turkey to join the European Union is the fact that Turkey\'s population of nearly 70 million -- which is almost entirely Muslim -- is growing at a rapid 2.3 percent per year. In December 2004, the EU agreed to begin accession talks with Turkey in October 2005. Turkey\'s membership in the EU would create more mosque-going Muslims in Europe than church-attending Protestants.
Street scene in Istanbul\'s working class Zeyrek neighborhood

Children play in the streets of Zeyrek, a religiously conservative working-class neighborhood of Istanbul. Among the concerns voiced by Europeans who oppose allowing Turkey to join the European Union is the fact that Turkey\'s population of nearly 70 million -- which is almost entirely Muslim -- is growing at a rapid 2.3 percent per year. In December 2004, the EU agreed to begin accession talks with Turkey in October 2005. Turkey\'s membership in the EU would create more mosque-going Muslims in Europe than church-attending Protestants.