Former European Union (EU) Commissioner in charge of enlargement, Gunter Verheugen, has said that the EU needed Turkey urgently more than Turkey needed the EU.
In an interview with an Austrian economic newspaper, Verheugen said that the negotiations process with Turkey continued but that there were governments that did not want Turkey regardless of how the negotiations would end.
At a time of such negative attitudes, it is difficult to demand from Turkey to fulfill its obligations under agreements and to continue democratization, Verheugen stressed.
Criticizing Austria's anti-Turkish policies, Verheugen said that "Austria's policy makes Turkey-EU relations difficult".
Defending the notion that new members brought a positive atmosphere to the EU, Verheugen said that it would be wrong to put enlargement at the end of the agenda due to the economic crisis.
New members can help the EU earn dynamism, Verheugen also said.