Turkish President: ‘Small countries join EU, big countries bargain’

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has spoken of Turkey’s long winded application process to joining the EU, saying: “Small countries are joining the EU, but big countries are bargaining.”

Speaking during the fourth World Policy Conference in Vienna, Austria, Gul stressed the Turkish disappointment in the lack of progress in the Turkish bid to join the EU while nations such as Croatia are joining the EU without problem.

Gul said that Turkey still had the ultimate goal of joining the EU, but only on Turkish terms – Gul said Turkey would not relent and join the EU on terms that suit the EU, Turkey is a big powerful nation and should bargain for terms to suit both parties.

Turkey originally became an EU candidate in December 1999 and accession talks began in 2005, so far 13 out of 35 chapters have been opened in negotiations between the EU and Turkey.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said regarding the Turkish bid to join the EU: “Turkey wants to join the EU, we have been given many obstacles, but the EU is not a single choice for Turkey. We will ask about the EU membership issue to our people.”

One Response to “Turkish President: ‘Small countries join EU, big countries bargain’”
  1. I am British living in Turkey and would suggest that Turkey would be best served if OUT of the E U

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