Turkey relaunches EU bid as part of migrant deal

L-R: Turkey's European Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir, Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn and Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu pose at the start of an EU-Turkey Intergovernmental accession conference on December 14, 2015Turkey and the European Union officially launched a new stage in Ankara’s long-stalled membership bid on Monday as part of a deal aimed at tackling the migration crisis. Foreign ministers from the 28-member bloc approved a new “chapter”, focusing on economic and monetary policy, of Turkey’s decade-long accession process to join the EU. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the opening of the first new section for two years was “quite symbolic” and would help tackle issues such as migration and terrorism.

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