Turkey will sooner or later join EU, PM says
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 13
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey will sooner or later become a member of the European Union, the country's prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said in Berlin at a meeting with representatives of Turkish communities, Anadolu agency reported Jan. 13.
Davutoglu said Turkey conducts all the reforms needed for the EU membership.
Turkey has long been working towards being accepted into the EU, however so far it hasn't happened. The official negotiations on Turkey's accession to the EU were resumed in 2005.
Turkish deputy prime minister, Bulent Arinc, said earlier that Turkey's accession to the EU is no longer attractive for the country's citizens. He said that previously 75 percent of Turkey's population supported the country's accession to the EU, however now this figure stands at 20 percent.
According to the country's officials, Turkey fulfilled 65 percent of its commitments to the EU for accession to this organization.
Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir said the talks between Turkey and the EU can't continue in the format demanded by the organization. Furthermore, he said that democracy in Turkey is at a higher level than in some European countries.
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