EU commissioner expects Türkiye to join EU in 10-15 yrs

Hurriyet - EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn said he expects Türkiye to become a member of European Union (EU) within 10 or 15 years should it continue reforms decisively, the Anatolian Agency reported on Monday. The EU has been planning to open two new chapters in Türkiye's accession negotiations in June, Rehn told Germany's Die Welt daily, adding that Türkiye still has a long way to go. Rehn also said Türkiye has been passing through a very critical period, which it had not experienced since the start of EU membership negotiations in 2005, implying the closure case against Türkiye's ruling AKP. In the case all parties developed a culture of reconciliation and the necessary reforms were fulfilled, Türkiye might become stronger after this critical period, Rehn added. The EU has opened six chapters in Türkiye's accession negotiations, which started in 2005. The EU also suspended negotiations in eight policy chapters because of Türkiye's refusal to open its ports to Greek Cypriot vessels.