Erdogan urges EU to cooperate, or lose Turkey's membership bid

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Erdogan urges EU to cooperate, or lose Turkey's membership bid

<p>Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the European Union to open up new pathways in the country’s accession process. </p> <p>His comments come amid objections from Austria, which Ankara has labelled a “wrong policy” regarding its membership.</p> <p>Other EU countries have been more cautious. </p> <p>“From now on there is no option other than opening the chapters you have not yet opened. If you do not open (them), goodbye. </p> <p>“You (Europe) will keep your promises. We can then sit at a table and discuss. If not, we have nothing to discuss with you,” he said.</p> <p>He gave the speech at a ceremony marking his official re-entry into the ruling <span class="caps">AKP</span> – the party he founded.</p> <p>Erdogan resigned from the <span class="caps">AKP</span> when he was elected president in August 2014, but a recent constitutional referendum saw a new rule introduced allowing leadership of the country and affiliation to a political party.</p>