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Jutarnji list - Croatia | Monday, October 5, 2015

Why should Ankara help the EU?

The EU has been stalling on EU membership for Turkey for ten years now, the liberal daily Jutarnji List points out, and asks why the country should help out in the refugee crisis under these circumstances: "Is Turkey so willing to help the same EU that has been keeping its distance on the official membership talks? Even [President] Erdoğan's biggest critics say the EU has been dishonest and unfair with Turkey and that it would be better to say frankly that EU membership is impossible. … Turkey began membership talks exactly ten years ago, on the same day as Croatia, and even an hour before us. But Croatia has been an EU member for two and a half years now while Turkey has barely moved forward. … It's difficult to find a single influential diplomat who really believes in Turkey's membership. But no one has the courage to end the process and so the charade goes on."

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