That's the problem though, they are a European country. Both the Ottoman and the modern Turkish culture are undeniably intertwined with the rest of the region, to a level similar to that of the Caucasus states, another group of countries considered for eventual EU membership. Their leaders are undeniably Eurocratic, and a good portion of their urban population is too. However, the difference between Turkey and the Caucasus states, is that there are a lot of Turks and they're nearly all Muslims. And some people, like you, Winner, are morbidly afraid of Muslims for no reason except nitpicking handy little stories about them to fuel their xenophobia. Once Turkey is up to the point where them joining will upkeep or improve economic and political stability, and the Cyprus issue is solved, I see absolutely no reason to keep them out. Not doing so would be a grave mistake, in fact, definitely to the Turks and probably also to a pretty decent part of the Muslim world.