Magazine article Europe-East

Enlargement : Anxiety Mounting over Future of Eu-Turkey Talks

Magazine article Europe-East

Enlargement : Anxiety Mounting over Future of Eu-Turkey Talks

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As the date of the forthcoming EU-Turkey meeting called to accelerate EU membership negotiations with Ankara approaches, Turkish representatives in Brussels are becoming increasingly nervous over France's unclear stance on the potential opening of three new chapters for negotiations with Ankara.

The anxiety among Turkish diplomats has been sparked by recent media reports, saying that France intends to block the opening of talks between the EU and Turkey on economic and monetary policy - one of the three chapters set to be opened on 26 June. The negotiations in the Council are ongoing, Philippe Ray, spokesperson of France's Permanent Representation to the EU, told Europolitics on 13 June. He dismissed media reports that France had already decided to block the Turkish negotiations in the field of economic and monetary policy. It is "a political decision" to be taken by 26 June, he said.

Ray recalled French President Nicolas Sarkozy's message from his first visit to Brussels last month, in which he said that he would delay his fight against Turkey's accession to the EU until the autumn to avoid complicating talks on a new European treaty at next week's summit in Brussels. However, the EU-Turkey meeting takes place after this critical summit, which gives France considerable room for manoeuvre.

Speaking with Europolitics on condition of confidentiality, a Turkish diplomat explained that slowing down progress in Turkey's accession negotiations based on political considerations would be "simply unfair". …

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