World Bulletin / News Desk
Guenther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, spoke to the Bild newspaper on Tuesday, saying that "It will probably be an issue for the period after Erdogan," he continued saying that "Given the current conditions, accession is not realistic until well into the next decade," he asserted.
German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has also previously dismissed the Turkish accession bid, which started in 2005. Speaking to reporters in early June, he said Europe was not in a position to admit "even a small state" to its 28-nation ranks, according to the broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW).
“The illusion … here comes someone to soon become a full member in the EU … that's complete nonsense … that will not eventuate," he was quoted as saying by DW.
Talks between Ankara and Brussels on Turkey’s EU membership have not been smooth, with Turkey linking the progress in discussions on granting visa-free travel for its nationals to its contribution to a controversial refugee deal.