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


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

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the European Union to open up new pathways in the country’s accession process.

His comments come amid objections from Austria, which Ankara has labelled a “wrong policy” regarding its membership.

Other EU countries have been more cautious.

“From now on there is no option other than opening the chapters you have not yet opened. If you do not open (them), goodbye.

“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.

He gave the speech at a ceremony marking his official re-entry into the ruling AKP – the party he founded.

Erdogan resigned from the AKP 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.

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