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Sep 26, 2007

EU Wipes Turkey Off New Map

European Union (EU) officials have stirred controversy after the design for the "tails side" of the proposed new euro coins excluded Turkey from the map The Telegraph reported today. The map shows an enlarged EU, including the Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Cyprus, but omits Turkey, which is seeking to join the EU.

Marco Cappato, an Italian Liberal Euro-MP was quoted by The Telegraph as stating, "They have deliberately and secretly wiped Turkey off the map. To come up with this apparently geographical design they were obliged to put Cyprus 500 kilometres west of where it actually is. Mr. Cappato blamed France, which is hostile to Turkish membership for the omission.