Spain sees EU progress for Turkey in two months

Turkey should make some progress in its negotiations to join the European Union in the next two months, Spain’s foreign minister said on Monday, urging the bloc to intensify its cooperation with Ankara.

Speaking after a regular meeting to assess Turkey’s readiness to join the 27-member union, Miguel Angel Moratinos said the EU would “certainly” open new areas of talks before Spain’s presidency of the EU ends on June 30.

“Chapters will be opened during the Spanish presidency,” he told a news conference after speaking with Turkish officials in Brussels.
Since their launch in 2005, Turkey’s accession talks have progressed slowly because of a dispute with EU member Cyprus over a Turkish enclave on the Mediterranean island which has led Cyprus to block the opening of some policy areas, or “chapters”.

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