Turkey's PM renews his stance on EU bid

Erdogan re-affirmed that his country would reject any proposal that fell short of full accession to the European Union.

Turkey's PM renews his stance on EU bid

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan re-affirmed that his country would reject any proposal that fell short of full accession to the European Union, adding that Turkey would not swerve from this goal.

"We are no longer a country that simply aspires to join the EU -- we are already in negotiations for full membership," Erdogan told German newsweekly Der Speigel's current edition ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's trip to Turkey on Monday.

"When proposals are made that differ from this framework, it is like shifting the goal posts during a penalty kick in a soccer match," he said.

Erdogan said Turkey's and the Union's interests were mutual in Ankara's membership in the EU, adding that Turkey would not put any extra burden on the Union's shoulders.

"On the contrary, we will share its load," Erdogan said.


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