Turkey to reopen membership negotiations with EU

Posted on: 23/10/2013

EU ministers have agreed on to resume accession talks with Turkey on 5th November 2013 after a three year break.  Originally scheduled in June 2013, negotiations were put on hold after the EU accused Turkish police of using excessive force against anti-government protests earlier this year. The move comes after Germany dropped its strong opposition against Turkey's EU membership following episodes of police violence in Istanbul and Ankara.

But earlier this month, the European Commission praised recent judicial reforms in Turkey. 'We got the report of the EC about the situation in Turkey. Turkey had a good reaction. It is getting better and this is the right signal: the way of getting dynamic. This is really the signal to Turkish population that EU is ready to extension. Now Turkey has absolutely to work and improve on Justice and Rights', said German Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Michael Link.

Talks on Turkey’s EU accession started in 2005, 18 years after Ankara applied for EU membership. 

 

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