Turkey pushes EU for membership decision
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the EU needs to decide what’s going to happen regarding Turkey’s application for EU membership.
The Turkish President suggested the EU should halt full EU membership talks if they aren’t serious and don’t want Turkey in the political and economic union. He said Turkey’s patience is running out for the EU’s unrealized promises.
He said Turkey has fulfilled all the criteria during the AK Party governments, but despite this, the only reason Turkey could not be a full members is the EU’s inconsistent policies.
Erdogan made the statements at his party’s assessment camp over the weekend.
Turkey’s relations with the EU date back to 1963. The country was named one of the candidates in 1999, and negotiations for full membership started in 2005. EU has suspended talks with Turkey due to the EU’s unhappiness with what the union has described as a decline of democratic norms in this country.