Turkey is moving away from the EU

On May 2, the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, said during the meeting of EU foreign ministers in Malta that Turkey is moving away from Europe and the focus of the EU-Turkey relationship has to change, as France and Germany proposed a new deal with Ankara based on trade and security ties.

Turkey's accession process to the EU has not been suspended and both parties have expressed their will to continue the negotiations as the EU's representative for foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini, explained last week. However, the EU is concerned with the worsening human rights situation in Turkey, and according to Hahn, these EU rules are not negotiable. But the issue, whether to suspend accession talks, seems to be dividing EU member states, for instance, Germany is strictly against cancelling the talks, while Austria sticks to its long-term hardline position. Turkey's President Erdoğan blames the EU for so far unsuccessful negotiations as he describes some member states as Islamophobic. The cooperation between the EU and Turkey was also jeopardised after Erdoğan announced this week that he will not negotiate with Brussels unless the EU opens new chapters of the accession process.

About author: Tomáš Krajňák

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