EU executive says Turkish actions rule out membership

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The actions of the Turkish authorities are making it "impossible" for the country to join the European Union, the EU executive said on Monday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for ending accession talks.

Quoting European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker from last week, before Merkel's election campaign comment, the Commission's chief spokesman told a regular news briefing: "Turkey is taking giant strides away from Europe and that is making it impossible for Turkey to join the European Union."

He stressed, however, that any decision on whether to formally halt the long-stalled membership process would be up to the 28 member states of the bloc, not the Brussels executive.

(Reporting by Alastair Macdonald, editing by Robin Emmott)

2017-09-04 12:34:00 SAST




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