Turkey: Schallenberg Calls for an End to EU Candidate Status

PeopleDiplomats ♦ Published: October 16, 2019; 16:39 ♦ (Vindobona)

The meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg focused on the Turkish military offensive in Northern Syria. In the run-up to the meeting, Foreign Minister Schallenberg emphasised that the military action was "simply wrong" and that it was now the EU's turn to take clear decisions.

Schallenberg: "The Turkish military offensive in Syria undermines security & stability in the whole region." / Picture: © Turkish and Austrian crossed flags by Vindobona

The Foreign Minister on the unanimous decision of the EU member states to stop arms exports to Turkey: "The best that is possible".

In Luxembourg, the Austrian Foreign Minister once again spoke out in favour of an end to Turkey's status as a candidate for EU membership:

"It is a certain irony and absurdity that we are considering adopting sanctions and measures against a…