EU summit to decide Turkey’s chapter fate

EU summit to decide Turkey’s chapter fate

 

An EU summit is set to decide on whether to open a new negotiation chapter with Turkey, with EU-Turkey tension running high after the Gezi Park protests

With all eyes turned to Luxembourg, where EU ministers will discuss the opening of a new negotiation chapter with Turkey, a senior Turkish government official has expressed Ankara’s hope that “common sense will prevail” to prevent the situation from becoming a deeper problem.

The Foreign Affairs Council of the EU will convene today at the level of foreign ministers, under the leadership of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, in a highly critical meeting where a decision to open the chapter on regional policies will be discussed.

Despite the approval of 26 member countries, Germany stands as the only country that seems opposed to the opening of this chapter due to the ongoing spat between Berlin and Ankara over the Gezi Park protests. If opened, the chapter on regional policies will be the first in three years and could have a positive effect in reviving the negotiation process.