Turkey Has Not Given up on EU but Eyeing Alternatives

  • Turkey Has Not Given up on EU but Eyeing Alternatives

Turkey Has Not Given up on EU but Eyeing Alternatives

"But nobody should forget that Turkey always has many other alternatives".

Over a million refugees, mostly from Syria and Iraq, arrived in Europe past year with many coming via the Aegean and Mediterranean seas or overland through Turkey.

The deal has substantially helped reduce the wave of migrants since it was signed in March.

Last week European politicians voted for a temporary halt to EU membership talks with Turkey, citing Ankara's "disproportionate" reaction to the coup over the past four months. He told a conference in Istanbul on Tuesday that discussions with alternative partners were underway and that, "we [Turkey] can continue our path with one of them". "I could find a job".

Last week, Erdogan suggested that Turkey could become part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation - a Eurasian bloc dominated by China and Russian Federation among others.

The SCO is a loose security and economic bloc.

Also on Monday, the Istanbul Prosecutor's Office pressed charges of attempting to abolish the constitutional order, preventing the parliament from fulfilling its duties, and membership in a terror organization against 62 former soldiers.

Luxembourg's foreign minister said this month that Turkey's handling of dismissed civil servants reminded him of methods used by the Nazis and that eventually the European Union would have to respond with sanctions. "Mr Erdogan must know that one day he will be held responsible for having turned down visa liberalisation", Juncker said in an interview appearing in the Wednesday edition of the Ouest-France newspaper. "I think I would be fine there", he said. What happened? You destroyed them?

Tensions in Turkish-EU relations have built since the failed July 15 coup attempt that aimed to oust Erdogan.

The government has so far detained or dismissed 125,000 people over alleged links to the network of Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating the July 15th coup.

"If there were objective, fair negotiations. then there is no reason why Turkey would not be a full member state today", Celik said.