Turkey's EU Dream is Over, For Now, says Top Official

Turkey's EU Dream is Over, For Now, says Top Official

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has joined the Justice and Development Party (AKP), the Turkish media reported May 2.

Erdogan repeatedly blasted Europe during the campaign for the referendum on expanding his presidential powers, as some European countries prevented ministers from his party from holding rallies to get expatriate Turkish voters to vote for the changes. Erdogan and his supporters argue that a strong presidency will bring stability and more efficient government.

"Turkey is not their (the EU's) doorman", he added. "If you don't, [then] goodbye", the Turkish president said.

"A chairman of a political party can not be a president of 80 million", Kilicdaroglu told a CHP party meeting in the parliament in Ankara.

"You have no choice but to open up those chapters that you have not yet opened", Erdogan said in Ankara, referring to the different parts of the accession agreement.




So his departure from the party in August 2015, after he was elected president by a 52 percent majority by the people, which deeply saddened the AK Party rank and file, is now turning in to jubilation and hope that the "boss" is back and he will rejuvenate the party to become the beacon of hope for the future generations in Turkey. "If you do not open them: Goodbye". Then we will sit at the table and talk.

Erdogan was welcomed as a new member at a special ceremony at party headquarters in Ankara attended by hundreds of AKP officials led by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

Erdogan, who has four children, has described the AKP as his "fifth child" and has never made a secret of his desire to return to the fold.

The EU process is not formally frozen, but EU lawmakers called last week for a formal halt to talks, with some saying Turkey no longer met the democratic criteria to be considered a candidate, let alone a full member, for the EU. The latest chapter was opened in June 2016 on financial and budgetary provisions while one chapter has been provisionally closed.

Turkey will review all political and administrative ties with the European Union after an April referendum, including a deal to curb illegal migration, but will maintain economic relations with the bloc, President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan said yesterday (23 March).

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