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Macron tells Erdogan: No chance of Turkey joining EU

January 5, 2018 4:00 pm

French President Emmanuel Macron has told his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that there is no chance of progress towards Turkey joining the European Union at present.

At a joint news conference in Paris, Mr Macron said there were differences over human rights since Turkey’s purges following a failed coup in 2016.

Mr Erdogan said Turkey was tired of constantly imploring to join the EU.

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He lashed out at a journalist who asked about claims Turkey sent arms to Syria.

The journalist had asked him about a story in Cumhuriyet newspaper from 2015 which suggested that Turkish intelligence had sent the supplies.

Mr Erdogan responded by accusing the journalist of talking like a member of the Gulenist movement, which he blames for the 2016 coup.

“When you ask your questions, be careful on this point. And do not speak with the words of another,” he said.

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