The week's news at a glance.
Turkey this week finally began formal talks on joining the E.U., a goal it has sought for years. The invitation to join was slow in coming because of concerns over Turkeys poor human-rights record, as well as some E.U. members reluctance to embrace a population of Muslims. The E.U. formally extended an invitation last October. The talks this week focused on harmonizing laws on science and technology, the first of 35 policy areas the E.U. calls chapters. Turkey must comply with all E.U. chapters before it can be admitted. The process usually takes a few years; for Turkey its expected to last at least a decade.