Macron says there is now no chance of Turkey's European Union bid progressing

Macron says there is now no chance of Turkey's European Union bid progressing

Macron says there is now no chance of Turkey's European Union bid progressing

"We have had a very honest discussion on this subject", Macron told reporters, saying both sides needed to leave "hypocrisy" behind in pretending the process was moving forward normally.

In his remarks at the joint news conference, Macron said "two-facedness" in Turkey-EU ties should come to an end.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that political developments in Turkey were effectively blocking its European Union accession bid, suggesting a "partnership" instead of full membership.

"Democracies must fully respect the rule of law", Macron told a joint press conference with Erdogan, adding that the two men had discussed a list of individual cases of jailed journalists during their talks.

Macron had pledged to raise human rights concerns ahead of Erdogan's visit, one of only a handful he has made to Europe as relations with the West soured in the wake of the post-coup crackdown.

Ties between Turkey and the European Bloc deteriorated previous year after authorities in several countries prevented Turkish ministers from holding political rallies to court expatriates' votes in a referendum to expand the president's powers.

"And it's now been 54 years that Turkey has been waiting in the antechamber of the EU", Erdogan said.

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Erdogan unleashed a series of insults at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, accusing European officials of racism, harboring terrorists and behaving like Nazis.

The Turkish president was less bombastic, but just as emphatic, on Friday while discussing his country's decades-long pursuit of Europe's acceptance.

Turkey first submitted its European Union - then EEC - accession application in 1987, but the two parties remain divided on several fronts, including human rights issues.

"I'd be lying if I said we could open new chapters", he said in reference to the accession process.

The trip was Erdogan's first to France since his government strongly cracked down on suspected opponents following a failed coup in July 2016. Many have protested they are innocent.

While Erdogan travelled to Paris, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is scheduled to meet with German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel on Saturday.

Erdogan said that he believes more French-financed companies can be established in Turkey; the number now totals around 1,500 firms.

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