Poland supports Turkey in EU accession talks

  • Jakub Maděránek
  • 20.10.2017 09:40

According to Polish President Andrzej Duda, the European Union should continue accession talks with Turkey, who should eventually become a full member of the EU, Duda said after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Warsaw on Tuesday 17 October.

Duda highlighted the geopolitical importance of Turkey for Europe and thanked Erdogan for containing the migration waves from the Middle East. Erdogan, on the other hand, called on the EU to make a clear statement about whether it will or will not to accept Turkey. Austria has a less welcoming position as Sebastian Kurz whose party won the recent elections called to end the accession talks on Wednesday 18 October. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has a similar stance and calls for the reduction of funds provided to Ankara as part of the integration process. Turkey should receive financial assistance of € 4.4bn between 2014-2020. The European Parliament has proposed to reduce next year's transfer of funds into this account by 50 million euros, with another € 30 million being ready for further cuts.

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