EU says more political, civil rights reform needed in Turkey

EU says more reform need

October 14, 2009 12:48

The European Union is telling Turkey to speed up its political and civil rights reform to boost its chances of joining the bloc. The European Commission said in its annual progress report on Turkish membership released Wednesday that Ankara has improved its handling of human rights issues and the Kurdish minority. But it said that overall a lot more work needs to be done on the road to possible membership. The EU and Turkey started membership talks in 2005 and have made little progress since, as France, Germany, Cyprus and Greece have all expressed opposition.

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