New Turkish EU affairs minister says EU not the only option for Turkey

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German chancellor Angela Merkel (centre) and the Turkish EU Affairs Minister (right), Ömer Celik in February 2013. Celik was then Minister of Culture.

Omer Celik, Turkey’s new minister for EU affairs said that the relationship between the EU and Turkey is important but is not the “only option” for Ankara.


Turkey’s new minister for EU affairs, Omer Celik, said that the relation between Ankara and Brussels is important but the EU is not Turkey’s “only option.”

Turkish daily, Hurriyet, reported that Celik, who replaced Volkan Bozkır in the new cabinet, also told reporters that Turkey wanted the EU to drop its “double standards” in the fight against terrorism.

The Turkish government wants to broaden the anti-terrorist law to allow Turkish authorities to prosecute on terrorist charges, MPs, acad...


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