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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker dismissed the Austrian call to the European Union to end membership’s talk with Turkey, the Agence France-Presse said. The AFP says, Juncker warned the move it would be grave error.
Years-long bid of Turkey to join EU is shaken up after the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could reintroduce the death penalty in the aftermath of the July 14 attempted coup. The European Commission President Juncker called for a calm after Austria raised the issue of halting the membership talks.
“If one gives the impression to Turkey now that, no matter what, the EU is not ready to take in Turkey, then I would say that is a serious foreign policy mistake,” Juncker told German public broadcaster ARD.
“I don’t think it would be helpful if we were to unilaterally end negotiations with Turkey,” he said, adding that such decisions can only be made with unanimity from all member states.”I don’t see this willingness among all member states at this point in time” to break off talks, he said.
Despite, Turkey has to do more to meet the full membership criteria to join the block.