Poland gives Erdogan support on Turkey’s EU bid

Polish President Andrzej Duda and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)
Updated 17 October 2017
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Poland gives Erdogan support on Turkey’s EU bid

WARSAW: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Tuesday with his Polish counterpart in Warsaw, his first official bilateral visit to an EU country since the failed 2016 coup in Turkey.
Although Erdogan visited Belgium in May for a NATO meeting and Hamburg for a G20 summit in July, Poland was the first EU country to invite him since Ankara’s massive crackdown on alleged coup plotters.
EU powerhouse Germany has criticized the measures as excessive and has hindered Turkey’s bid to join the bloc.
But Erdogan found a friendly voice in Warsaw.
“Poland supports Turkey’s aspiration to join the European Union,” said Polish President Andrzej Duda, appearing with Erdogan before journalists.
Accession talks between Brussels and Ankara have essentially stopped.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently called for a halt to negotiations but most of the other EU nations want to keep a fragile line open.
Erdogan said if the EU thinks “the accession of Turkey is not possible, then it should finally tell us so.”
The Turkish and Polish leaders also discussed defense cooperation through NATO, and the issue of energy as both countries count on coal for part of their energy needs.


EU agency: More Iranian, Turkish citizens seeking asylum

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EU agency: More Iranian, Turkish citizens seeking asylum

  • 3,170 Iranians applied for asylum in the EU in October, the highest number for more than two years
  • October saw a record 2,880 asylum applications lodged by Turkish citizens

BRUSSELS: The European Union’s asylum office says people from Iran and Turkey are increasingly applying for international protection throughout the EU.
EASO said Tuesday that “Iran and Turkey have both been among the top five countries of origin over the past few months.”
It says that 3,170 Iranians applied for asylum in the EU in October, the highest number for more than two years. More than one in three Iranian applicants received protection in the past six months.
October saw a record 2,880 asylum applications lodged by Turkish citizens. Over the past six months, around 44 percent of Turkish applicants were granted refugee status.
EASO says more than 60,500 people applied for asylum in October, the highest monthly figure this year. Most were nationals of Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.