Turkey’s EU membership is not a ‘given’: Swedish FM
Turkey's prospect of joining the European Union at the end of a
lengthy process is not a certainty, Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt
told AFP Sunday, saying efforts would have to be made by both Ankara and
“Nothing is given in the world.
Nothing is given in life,” Bildt, a strong advocate of Turkey's EU
bid, said in the western city of Izmir, a day after addressing Turkish
ambassadors from around the world during an annual gathering.
“It requires efforts by both sides.
It requires a continued reform process in Turkey, and it requires a
continued open attitude by the European Union.”
Turkey launched formal accession talks with the European bloc in 2005
but they have made little progress because of the quarrel with Cyprus as
well as stiff opposition from some EU member states.
Brussels has opened only 13 of the 35 policy chapters that every
state must negotiate in order to join the bloc. Just one chapter has
been successfully closed.