Turkey membership talks hard but will continue, says European Union foreign policy chief

Pauline Gross
September 7, 2017

Despite calls by German politicians to end Turkey's EU accession negotiations, European Parliament (EP) President Antonio Tajani said, "The dialogue must be open because we have the problem of migration and the fight against terrorism".

"After the German elections will be the time for more discussions on this".

In an interview with Greece's Kathimerini newspaper, Macron said Turkey had through its own actions distanced itself from the EU.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Germany and Turkey have traded increasingly bitter words over the last two years, contributing to an overall souring of Ankara's relations with the EU.

"But I want to avoid a split because Turkey is a vital partner in many crises that we all face, notably the immigration challenge and the terrorist threat", Macron added.

"Turkey has indeed strayed away from the European Union in recent months and worryingly overstepped the mark in ways that can not be ignored", he said.

"The EU needs to take a step now". The partner had already been freed after questioning, Dogan said. Speaking at the 2017 Bled Strategic Forum, Mogherini said: "We are not always agreeing on everything".

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"We need to keep on talking and push Turkey to change its line".

But the foreign ministers of Finland and Lithuania spoke out against breaking off the negotiations. "I think the effect would be the opposite than what we'd wish". But he has long signalled that his country has run out of patience with the European Union over its languishing accession bid, launched in 2005, and the impasse has been brought into focus by a sharp deterioration in Turkey's ties with Germany.

The arrests have raised tensions between Ankara and Berlin and led Chancellor Angela Merkel to call for a review of relations and of Turkey's European Union accession talks.

The agreement does not cover essential economic areas such as agriculture, services or public procurement.

Turkey's ties with Germany and several other European Union states have deteriorated sharply in the last 12 months. Also in contention is Germany's decision to allow asylum applications for people allegedly involved in the July 2016 coup attempt.

According to the travel update from German Federal Foreign Office on Tuesday, German citizens are warned of arbitrary imprisonment on accusations of terrorism or links to terrorist groups, including the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as well as the Gülen movement, which the Turkish government blames for a failed coup past year.

He also repeated an accusation, which has infuriated Berlin, that German politics were reverting to the country's Nazi past.

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