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Erdogan says Turkey has nothing to discuss with EU unless new accession chapters opened
May 2, 2017 / 1:07 PM / 5 months ago

Erdogan says Turkey has nothing to discuss with EU unless new accession chapters opened

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech at the ruling AK Party's headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, May 2, 2017. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the European Union must open new chapters in Turkey’s accession process, otherwise Ankara had nothing to discuss with the bloc and would say “goodbye”.

His comments came after European Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who oversees EU membership bids, told Reuters Turkey under Erdogan had turned its back on joining the bloc.

“From now on there is no option other than opening the chapters you have not yet opened. If you do not open (them), goodbye,” Erdogan said at a ceremony to mark his return to the ruling AK Party.

Reporting by Ercan Gurses and Ece Toksabay; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Tuvan Gumrukcu

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