The European Union is unlikely to go ahead with threats to suspend talks on Turkey’s entry into the political bloc, despite European officials voicing concern over the country’s ongoing political crisis, an EU expert has said.
A rupture with the EU is also too heavy a price for Turkey to pay, according to Emre Gönen (pictured left), a political scientist specialising in EU affairs at Istanbul Bilgi University.
The Turkish government’s efforts to increase control over the judiciary have raised eyebrows in the EU ahead of Prime Minister Erdogan’s upcoming visit to Brussels.
However, neither the EU nor Turkey want a rupture in relations, said Gönen.
“Turkey and the EU have never needed each other so badly in the last 20 years as they do now,” he told "Hürriyet Daily News".
Date created : 2014-01-20