Austrian Chancellor Kurz: EU should immediately halt accession talks with Turkey

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (R) and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker arrive for a family photo during a visit of the College of Commissioners on July 6, 2018 in Vienna, as Austria took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. / AFP PHOTO / APA / HERBERT NEUBAUER /

Austrian Chancellor Stephan Kurz told a Greek daily on Tuesday the European Union should immediately terminate accession negotiations with Turkey.

“I have been very vocal about promoting an honest relationship with Turkey for years,” Kurz said during an interview with the Kathimerini daily.

“EU membership negotiations with Turkey should be stopped immediately, Turkey has consistently moved away from Europe and its values over the last few years.”

“At the same time we should concentrate on exploring other forms of collaboration between the EU and Turkey as neighbors.”

Austria assumed the EU presidency on July 1 for a six-month period.

Kurz made a similar call in March during a summit of leaders of EU countries as well as Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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