Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Germany to speak plainly about Turkey’s prospects of joining the European Union. The Turkish prime minister’s remarks come at a time when German and French resistance to Turkish EU membership is seen by Ankara to have reduced Turkey-EU relations to a new low.
Erdogan said: “I have no secret agenda. I am explicit in everything I say. If the reality among the Europeans is ‘We don’t want Turkey among us,’ then they should say it clearly. I will accept it, with pleasure!”
On Sunday, the Turkish leader, before a visit to Germany, reiterated his rejection of any proposed privileged partnership between Turkey and the EU, short of full membership in the bloc.
Accession talks began in 2005, and have moved very slowly. There are 35 negotiating chapters.
Thirteen have been started, only one concluded and 18 frozen by Cyprus, France or the European Union.