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Turkey heats up Dutch EU agenda ahead of December summit

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Turkey heats up Dutch EU agenda ahead of December summit

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Turkey has a “realistic” chance of being in the EU by 2015, says the Netherlands’ foreign minister Bernard Bot.

That is if the bloc’s member states decide to open negotiations next year. The Dutch, currently holding the rotating EU presidency, say this depends on Ankara respecting the conditions imposed, and barring what was called an ‘unforseen event’. Brussels made a positive proposal for EU leaders to consider, in October. An “emergency brake” could be triggered if Turkey backtracked on reform. Ankara’s candidacy bid, begun four decades ago, was accepted at an EU summit in 1999.