The European Union has agreed a response to Turkey’s refusal to recognise new member Cyprus. But the framework rules for Turkish membership negotiations which leaders agreed last December should begin this October 3rd still need to be worked out.The EU’s “counter-declaration” says that “recognition of all member states is a necessary component of the accession process”. Ankara refuses to recognise the Greek Cypriot government in Nicosia as sole representative of divided Cyprus in the EU. The EU also calls on Ankara to remove “all obstacles to the free movement of goods.” Austria is demanding that the negotiating framework include provision for an alternative “privileged partnership” between the EU and Turkey, instead of full Turkish membership. Vienna is among the most sceptical of the 25 that the expected ten-year process can end in success.
Wrinkles remain before EU-Turkey talks can begin