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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

TURKEY: PM Recep Erdogan - Turkey “will say goodbye to the EU”

Ankara appears to be frustrated with the lack of progress on the EU pathway and Erdogan recently said that  Turkey “will say goodbye to the EU”. 

Die Presse writes that the entire case has turned into a moral test of the Austrian daily politics and the local public that is rather nervous about having Turkey in the EU. 

Negotiations between the EU and Turkey officially started in 2007 but were suspended last year because of Cyprus. Turkey does not recognize Cyprus, which is an EU member state, and thus automatically does not recognize the European law, i.e. the so-called acquis communautaire which practically means it cannot join the EU, Die Presse writers. 

In reality, numerous European governments, including the Austrian government, are quite happy with the situation. They believe that if Turkey started to cooperate regarding the Cyprus issue they would have to deal with their own voters and it would be a battle they could not win, Austrian media say. 

Erdogan said that Turkey would look to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization if the EU did not want to allow the country to become a member. 



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