Accession of Turkey to the European Union
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is "tired" of waiting for the European Union to approve Turkey's membership in the political union.
At a press conference with Turkish President in Paris, Emmanuel Macron said Friday that political developments in Turkey were blocking the country's EU accession bid, suggesting a "partnership" instead of full membership.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens to open Turkey's borders to allow refugees and migrants to reach Europe after the European Parliament votes to temporarily freeze talks of Turkey's accession to the EU. 2016-11-25 (Context: Accession of Turkey to the European Union, Recep Tayyip Erdogan)
Hansjorg Haber, the European Union's top envoy to Turkey, resigns effective August. Omer Celik, Turkish Minister of European Union Affairs, had complained that Haber had shown disrespect for Turkey's national values, and for President Tayyip Erdogan. EU officials declined to comment on the reason for Haber's resignation. 2016-06-14 (Context: European Union, Recep Tayyip Erdogan)
A draft European Commission report raises new doubts about Turkey's bid to join the European Union. 2006-11-3 (Context: Accession of Turkey to the European Union, European Union)
The E.U. states that Turkey must recognize the ethnic-Greek government of E.U. member state Cyprus before it can begin negotiations for E.U. membership. Currently Turkey is the only country that recognizes the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. 2004-12-17 (Context: Accession of Turkey to the European Union, European Union)
Leaders of the European Union, meeting in Brussels, agree to invite Turkey to begin negotiations to join the EU from 3 October 2005, about 36 years after they first applied to join. 2004-12-16 (Context: Accession of Turkey to the European Union, European Union)