Turkey’s plan to join the EU still on track

Turkey has given the European Commission a revised position paper for European Union accession chapter 17, economic and monetary policies, and expects the bloc to open the chapter in eight weeks’ time, EU Minister Volkan Bozkir has told Hürriyet Daily News.

Recalling that France lifted a blockage on some chapters after François Hollande replaced Turkey-skeptic Nicholas Sarkozy as president, Bozkır expressed his expectation that chapter 17 will be opened in two months, just before parliamentary elections slated for June 7.

“Under normal conditions and in the absence of political obstacles, this chapter can be opened in eight weeks. We’ll welcome it if it is opened; if it isn’t, we’ll continue our works as we have been doing so far. Opening chapters is the responsibility of the EU,” he said. Turkey and the union will increase bilateral dialogue in the upcoming term as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan plans a visit to Brussels in 2015.

Earlier, Turkish officials intimated that the visit would occur in April, but Bozkır said it was likely to take place later as both sides’ schedule is busy for April. Ankara and Brussels are in talks to hold a Turkey-EU Summit upon Turkish leaders’ request to make ties more visible…

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  • Dana Garcia

    Right, what could possibly go wrong with opening Europe to 75 million Turks?

    • WalterBannon

      Everything, including the genocide of the European peoples and cultures

    • Exile1981

      Don’t forget that turkey has open borders with ISIS.

    • felis gracilis

      Taking Turkey into the EU is like the turtle taking the scorpion across the river. And we know how that turned out.

      A scorpion and a turtle stood at the edge of a river. As the turtle prepared to swim across, the scorpion asked, “Will you give me a ride across?”

      “Absolutely not,” the turtle responded. “You are a scorpion, and you will sting me before we get to the other side.”

      “No I won’t,” the scorpion answered. “That wouldn’t make any sense, because if I sting you while we cross, we’ll both drown. I want to get to the other side as much as you do. So let’s work together, what do you say?”

      It took a while, but the scorpion finally convinced the turtle to let him ride on his back as he swam across the river. As they drew close to the opposite shore, the scorpion raised his tail and stung the turtle.

      “What did you do that for?” the turtle cried. “Now we’re both
      dead!”

      The scorpion just shrugged his shoulders and said, “Welcome to the
      Middle East.

      http://home.utah.edu/~msm25/Funnies/scorpion.html

  • tom_billesley

    Greece was allowed to join the EU with a blind eye turned to their economy. That turned out well, didn’t it.
    Recognition of the Armenian genocide should be made a requirement for Turkish entry.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Turkey will get billions and billions of Euros, exemption from most if not all of the rules for membership IN the EU and will get to send millions of poor people to Europe to live off someone else’s dole. Also Turkey will export its brand of Islamism. The EU will of course get nothing except the feeling that they are tolerant and liberal. Anything that goes wrong, blame the Jews.

    But the funny thing that no one is talking about is the fact that TURKEY HAS ANOTHER EU STATE UNDER MILITARY OCCUPATION. I wonder if part of the ‘terms’ Turkey will accept is complete occupation of all of Cyprus?

  • WalterBannon

    The only thing I would give Turkey is a good nuclear first strike

  • eMan14

    Planning to bring in Turkey is akin to planning for your own funeral.

  • TruthSerum

    Turkey entering the EU is a guarantee that Europe will reduce to Third World status.