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Did French President Macron end Turkey’s EU membership dreams?

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Did French President Emmanuel Macron last week finally put an end to Turkey’s EU membership prospects, offering an alternative short of membership? The answer depends on which angle you look at it from.

For the eternal pessimists and those who think of themselves as “realists,” the accession process has already long been terminated (even if not officially). For the eternal optimists - seen by the other camp as wishful thinkers – it may not quite be so.

One thing is clear: Macron said in his opening statement that he would like to see Turkey “anchored” to Europe. The question is what type of “anchor” he was talking about?

In that opening, the French president said it was clear that “the recent evolutions and choices” made by Turkey “did not permit any further progress in the process” of accession. Then during the Q&A he referred to problems in terms of implementing the European Convention on Human Rights, saying “I would be lying if I were to say that we could open or close chapters in the coming years.”

Are we surprised? Not really. Both pessimists and optimists know that........

© Hürriyet Daily News