16:02 Aug. 30, 2016
Gunther Oettinger hinted that Turkey was unlikely to join EU during Erdogan's presidency
Turkey's long-awaited goal to join the EU faces an impasse. The talks, started back in 2005, have been unsuccessful so far. The situation is unlikely to change during the presidency of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
EU Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said in an interview with German Newspaper Bild that Turkey's accession to the Union was ‘not realistic until well into the next decade'.
‘It is likely a topic for the period after Erdogan', he said in the interview, according to Deutsche Welle.
Oettinger added, it was important to keep good relations with Turkey, because the country plays an important geopolitical role.
Earlier the EU and Turkey struck a crucial migrant deal, which has decreased the influx of the refugees from the Middle East to European countries.
Turkish government later threatened to back away from the agreement if the country isn't given visa-free regime across Europe.
In June, German Bundestag voted to recognize the 1915 mass killings of Armenians as a genocide, conducted by Turkey, which enraged Ankara and further worsened the relations between the two countries.