A long night of talks between the Dutch and Turkish Prime Ministers broke up at two in the morning and resume once again today after just a few hours sleep. Jan Peter Balkenende informed Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the EU’s offer of beginning membership talks in October, some six months later than Turkey had hoped. Erdogan, however, said more talks will be needed before he can say if the offer is worth taking up, and Cyprus also appears to be a major sticking point. To reporters, he said recognition of the Greek half of the island was “out of the question”. The EU’s 25 members continue their summit today, but Erdogan’s comments may have thrown a damper on proceedings.
Erdogan holds out for better Turkey deal