Uroen og politivolden i Tyrkia har kostet Tyrkia forhandlinger med EU. De kan bare gjenopptas hvis samtlige 27 medlemsland går inn for det.
I realiteten er Tyrkias medlemsforhandlinger suspendert på ubestemt tid. Det er et stort prestisjenederlag for Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkey’s EU entry talks have been stalled for three years and will only begin again if all 27 member countries agree to proceed in four months, with each country wielding a veto.
Any future decision on membership negotiations between Turkey and the EU will also be conditional on the country getting a clean bill of health in European Commission on its fitness to join Europe’s club.
«The protests have also shown that Turkey needs further reform,» said Eamon Gilmore, the Irish foreign minister, who chaired talks on Tuesday.
Talks were intended to begin this week but Germany, Austria and Holland blocked them because of concerns that opening the negotiations could appear to endorse the Turkish government’s tough response to street protests in Istanbul.
Michael Spindelegger, the Austrian foreign minister, warned Turkey it was being given «a certain amount of time in which we can have a look at human rights, freedom of speech».