Recep Tayyip Erdogan

EU says membership talks still open if Turkey wants them

The European Union is keeping the door ajar for Turkey to become a member, but says Ankara must provide clearer signals on whether it intends to meet the entrance criteria in such areas as human rights and rule of law.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that despite the doubts expressed by some foreign ministers during a meeting Friday, the EU for now favors continuing the protracted accession talks with Turkey.

"It is to them to express their willingness to continue to be a candidate country, to continue to be interested or not to join our family," she said.

Referring to democratic ground rules such as protecting minorities and outlawing the...

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