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Wed Aug 10, 2016, 06:00 AM

EU making 'serious mistakes' over failed Turkish coup - Turkish minister

Source: Reuters

The European Union is making serious mistakes in its response to Turkey's failed coup and is losing support for EU membership from Turks as a result, Turkey's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

In an interview with the state-run Anadolu agency, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey's rapprochement with Russia was not meant as a message to the West. However, he said if the West "loses" Turkey it will be because of its own mistakes, not Ankara's good ties with Russia, China or the Islamic world.

His comments reflect the deep frustration in Turkey over the perception that Europe and the United States have given lukewarm support to Ankara after the failed July 15 coup, when a faction of the military commandeered tanks and warplanes in an attempt to topple the government.

"Unfortunately the EU is making some serious mistakes. They have failed the test following the coup attempt," he said in the interview, which was broadcast live.

"Support for EU membership used to be around 50 percent of the population, I assume it is around 20 percent now," he said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/uk-russia-turkey-europe-minister-idUSKCN10L0SD

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uawchild Aug 2016 OP
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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Wed Aug 10, 2016, 06:10 AM

1. North Korea also says that the EU is making a mistake

Does anyone hear them?

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Wed Aug 10, 2016, 07:31 AM

2. I'm sure the people of the EU are besides themselves with panic

 

at the thought that Turkey may not want to join the EU.

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Wed Aug 10, 2016, 08:03 AM

3. There are 35 negotiation-chapters for Turkey to become an EU-member. Just 1 has been finished.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accession_of_Turkey_to_the_European_Union

The negotiations started in 2005.

The first chapter was completed in 2006.

In 2012, Turkey met the benchmarks for 4 more chapters, but they aren't officially closed yet.

Since then, no further progress.

And Erdogan has made clear in 2012 that he wants Turkey to become a EU-member by 2023, to coincide with the 100-year-anniversary of Turkey's founding.




How dare the EU get in the way of his glorious plan?

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Wed Aug 10, 2016, 08:23 PM

4. What do they want, their balls tickled?

 

Screw them. They are sliding toward theocracy and don't belong in the EU or NATO.

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Wed Aug 10, 2016, 08:36 PM

5. Meh, your counrty is named after an ugly bird.

Erdogan will prove to be a disaster for Turkey.

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