Austrian Chancellor Can’t Imagine Türkiye Becoming EU Member

Türkiye does not stand a chance of ever becoming a member of the EU and the bloc has to acknowledge that, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer has stressed Tuesday urging Brussels to discontinue the stagnant accession process with Ankara and explore alternative avenues to deepen its relationship with the country.

Nehammer noted in an interview with Germany’s Die Welt newspaper that Austria is for further convergence between Ankara and Brussels, emphasizing that, at the same time, Türkiye’s full membership in the EU is not imaginable for them but that Ankara remains an essential partner of the EU.

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan called for accelerating the accession process during the joint press conference last week with European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi, warning that the European Union cannot be a really global actor without Türkiye.

Nehammer’s statement comes in light of July’s prediction by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock that due to Ankara’s apparent failure to meet important criteria essential for the accession talks, the process is “in deep freeze” and Türkiye would be unlikely to join the EU anytime soon.

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