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We were having a hot debate about the enigmatic negotiation process with a European ambassador who was paying a visit to Zaman’s headquarters in Istanbul. Though the ambassador drew attention to positive developments in recent years, he portrayed a rather gloomy picture on the whole. He said it was implausible to sue journalists or writers for their opinions in a country that has just started the long-waited and long-envied accession talks with the EU. His remarks were striking: “There is an atmosphere as if Turkey’s eventual target is not full membership. The fact that it has started negotiations on October 3, 2005 is regarded as the realization of the target, whereas the most tedious stage has just begun.”