EU: Deal on Turkey talks been reached

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Austria had demanded the EU keep open the option of “privileged partnership” for Turkey, as well as full membership. But officials said after intense negotiations in Luxembourg that Austria had fallen into line.

The new document has been sent to the Turkish government, which is considering whether to accept it.


Earlier EU foreign ministers put back a ceremony marking the scheduled official opening of Turkey’s EU membership talks, as the Turkish delegation was still waiting in Ankara for news of a breakthrough.

Before the breakthrough, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Turkey’s ruling AK party he would not compromise on the conditions for starting talks.

“We have protected and are continuing to protect our stance, which is appropriate to Turkey’s national interests and political principles,” he said, to loud applause.