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EU delays Turkey talks

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EU delays Turkey talks

The EU has postponed talks on Turkey’s accession bid until Tuesday when diplomats will discuss a Berlin-backed compromise on Ankara’s European ambitions.

Germany has rowed back on blocking fresh negotiations, saying it would support talks if Ankara pursues further reforms.

Austria’s Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger told reporters in Luxembourg. “They have to think about their procedures and the behaviour of the police and maybe the army. There has to be some movement from Turkey before we start negotiations in a new chapter,” he said.

A decision on opening the next stage of talks could be made by Wednesday.

Turkey started EU negotiations eight years ago, but a territorial dispute with Cyprus, an EU member, has slowed the process.

A progress report on whether Turkey is fit to join the EU will be published in October.

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