Turkey asks EU to revise its enlargement policy

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu urged the European Union to review its accession process for candidate countries, saying the current mechanism harmed the union’s credibility, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Çavuşoğlu made the comments in a letter to Josep Borrell, the EU foreign affairs commissioner, Oliver Varhelyi, the commissioner for the European neighbourhood policy and enlargement negotiations, and Gordan Grlic-Radman, the minister of foreign and European affairs of Croatia, which holds the presidency of the EU Council until July 2020.

The EU Commission is due to adopt new methods for enlargement in February.

The Turkish foreign minister said the political obstacles faced by candidate countries during accession negotiations crippled the reliability of the accession process.

Turkey's first applied to join the European Economic Community in 1963, but did not begin full membership negotiations to join the European Union until 2005. But accession talks have made little progress.

In March, the European Parliament called on EU leaders to formally suspend Turkey's accession talks due its rights abuses.