EU mustn’t shut door on Turkey membership talks: Germany

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union mustn’t cease its accession talks with Turkey regardless of a scarcity of progress and questions concerning the rule of regulation within the nation, Germany’s EU minister mentioned on Tuesday.

German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth attends a European Union overseas ministers assembly in Brussels, Belgium Could 15, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The European Fee is anticipated at hand out its most crucial report on talks with Turkey because the nation launched its bid to hitch the European Union over a decade in the past.

“It’s within the palms of these accountable in Turkey to determine whether or not they wish to be a member of this European neighborhood of values,” Michael Roth mentioned on arrival to a gathering of EU ministers in Luxembourg.

“I might counsel we don’t slam the door shut. That will be a improper sign towards these in Turkey who nonetheless lengthy for European values,” he added.

However Austria’s minister Gernot Bluemel mentioned the talks must be halted. “We don’t consider Turkey ought to turn out to be part of the European Union,” Bluemel mentioned.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, Robert-Jan Bartunek

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