Donald Tusk: ‘No concrete solutions’ at EU-Turkey summit
Bulgaria: EU summit with Turkish dictator Erdogan does not appear to have gone well, judging from European Council President @eucopresident Tusk’s statements and posture. Donald Tusk’s words: “Lack of vision, conflict of interests on a long list of concerns, no solution, no compromise & no concrete outcome”
EU Council President Donald Tusk has said while no progress was made at the talks, he hopes compromises will be possible in the future. The head of the EU Commission said he’d like Turkey to be a strategic partner.
European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday said the latest summit between European Union representatives and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan achieved no concrete solutions or compromises on points of concern.
“If you ask whether we reached any concrete solutions or compromises, the answer is no,” said Tusk, following a summit with EU and Turkish representatives in the Bulgarian costal town of Varna.
“But I still hope that will be possible in the future … Only progress on these issues will allow us to improve the EU-Turkey relations, including the accession process.”
see Video on FAceboo
President Erdogan was a little more optimistic. “We hope that we have left behind the difficult period in relations between Turkey and the European Union,” he said, adding that the two parties had discussed the steps needed to improve EU-Turkey ties.The summit touched on a range of issues that have caused tension between Turkey and the EU, such as migration, EU membership and Turkey’s fight against “terror” groups including Kurdish militants.
On the EU-Turkey relationship: Tusk said the EU and Turkey needed an open and frank dialogue, and that while the two parties had many common interests there were challenges that needed to be worked on together.
“Our meeting today demonstrated that while our relationship is going through difficult times, in areas where we do cooperate, we cooperate well,” Tusk said. “We reconfirm our readiness to keep up the dialogue and conversation and work together to overcome current difficulties with a view to unleashing the potential of our partnership.”