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Austria prefers special EU partnership for Turkey
1.       tunci
7149 posts
 03 May 2011 Tue 11:53 pm

Austria prefers special EU partnership for Turkey

03 May 2011, Tuesday / REUTERS , VIENNA

Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger

Austria would prefer forging a special partnership between the European Union and Turkey over full EU membership for Ankara, Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said.

In an interview with Austrian radio broadcast on Tuesday during a visit by Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Spindelegger said EU membership negotiations with Turkey would take years and serve to "Europeanise" the country.

"We will wait and see what happens, be contructive, but remain true to our basic position that we will strive for a special partnership with Turkey," he said.

Vienna´s official line is that the outcome of Turkish entry talks is open. Austrian voters would get the final say in a referendum if enough members of parliament seek one, as  resurgent far-right parties demand.

Turkish leaders are sounding increasingly frustrated over stalled progress in entry talks that began in 2005. Turkey, a growing economic power straddling Asia and Europe, says membership is its top foreign policy priority.

Ankara has already rejected the notion of a special partnership falling short of membership.

But the division of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus and reservations by heavyweights Germany and France about granting Muslim Turkey full membership are major obstacles.

Gul had called on Monday for a factual discussion of open points in the talks, criticised restrictions on EU visas, and urged the roughly 200,000 Turks in Austria -- half of them Austrian nationals -- to master German as well as Turkish.

In a radio interview aired on Tuesday Gul suggested booming bilateral business ties may suffer if Turkey continues to get the cold shoulder.

"One should ask whether Austrian companies will continue to be able to make the profits they make now in Turkey if they don´t cooperate with Turkey," he said.

He also addressed criticism of Turkey´s record on guaranteeing freedom of speech by saying: "In Turkey no journalist will be punished for his journalistic activity. No one will be sanctioned for his opinion."

Note : This EU issue is getting like a joke..They are playing a game with Turkey by coming up with all sorts of excuises to stop Turkey get in EU..

We , as Turks dont want any speacial partnership status..We want a FULL MEMBERSHIP..To be honest not many Turks do not support EU nowadays..if Europe dont want Turkey as Full Member of EU  then we should say GOODBYE to them. Turkey is not the same Turkey as it 15 years ago..

2.       tunci
7149 posts
 04 May 2011 Wed 05:22 pm

Austrians to vote on Turkey´s EU bid



3.       tunci
7149 posts
 04 May 2011 Wed 05:43 pm

Danish FM says Turkey is a European country and strategic ally more than an EU candidate



Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen said Tuesday that Turkey, an important partner of EU and a NATO ally, was a European country and a strategic ally more than an EU candidate country

After her meeting with Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara, Espersen told a joint press conference that Turkey and Denmark were allies and had shared many common interests and values.

Expressing hope to raise trade between the two countries, Espersen said Danish government attached great importance to strengthening political and commercial ties.

Espersen said Turkey was an important partner of Europe in the Middle East, adding that Denmark appreciated Turkey´s active role in relations with Libya.

Asked whether or not Danish government would take a new step for suspension of terrorist organization PKK´s Roj TV broadcasting from Denmark, Espersen said that such a decision could only be made by Danish courts and the government was not able to intervene in courts.

She said Danish judges would announce a ruling on Roj TV case in August.



Edited (5/4/2011) by tunci

4.       armegon
1872 posts
 04 May 2011 Wed 07:22 pm

Who cares EU? After 43 years of waiting, we can one more 43 years, no problem {#emotions_dlg.lol}


sorry it should be 53 years

Edited (5/4/2011) by armegon

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