EU blocks Turkey from joining

Turkey's hopes of joining the EU are fading after the European Commission (EC) released its annual progress report on Turkey on Wednesday, blaming authoritarian rule for deteriorating conditions in Turkey's courts and economy.

Turkey's candidacy to join the world's largest trading group is stalled because of backsliding on human rights, the judiciary, and economic policy, the Commission said in its report.

Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Faruk Kaymakci said on Wednesday that Ankara cannot accept the EU's unfair criticisms. He said that while Turkey will take any constructive criticism into consideration, the report does not accurately assess the current situation in Turkey.

Source: VOV5