Global News

Macron says there is now no chance of Turkey's European Union bid progressing

Macron says there is now no chance of Turkey's European Union bid progressing

In one of the latest cases, Turkish prosecutors in December sought life sentences for three veteran journalists accused of links to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says orchestrated the failed bid to oust Erdogan.

Mr Erdogan said in October that Turkey no longer needs to join the European Union but added that "we will not be the side which gives up" on accession talks.

Ties between Turkey and the European Bloc deteriorated a year ago after authorities in several countries prevented Turkish ministers from holding political rallies to court expatriates' votes in a referendum to expand the president's powers.

Mr Erdogan said the European Union membership process has been "exhausting" for Turkey, saying: "Maybe this will force us to take a decision".

Commenting on the possibility of Turkey turning its back on Europe he added: 'One can not permanently implore and wait to be finally included'.

Erdogan unleashed a series of insults at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, accusing European officials of racism, harbouring terrorists and behaving like Nazis.

The Turkish president said that signing of the defense deal was "very important step".

OZAN KOSE

French president also said Turkey and France would continue to fight against terrorism and terror groups such as the PKK and Daesh.

Amnesty International, whose Turkey head Taner Kilic has been jailed, said Macron should "strongly remind (Erdogan) that human rights defenders are not terrorists".

Macron had pledged to raise human rights concerns ahead of Erdogan's visit, one of only a handful he has made to Europe as relations with the West soured in the wake of the post-coup crackdown.

Erdogan had said earlier on Friday that he would discuss defence cooperation with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally France during his visit to Paris, highlighting an "important" step which Turkey would be taking with Eurosam without giving any details.

Macron added: 'We will find concrete and real solutions that will allow the few cases to be settled, and to settle what has sometimes been a misunderstanding, a harmful misunderstanding'.

While Erdogan travelled to Paris, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is scheduled to meet with German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel on Saturday.

Antonio Conte: 'Chelsea win over Stoke City caps off a great year'
Antonio Conte has described Chelsea's 5-0 thrashing of Stoke City on Saturday as the ideal finish to a "great year" for the club. The Blues dominated from the start in spite of resting Belgian star Hazard ahead of next week's clash at Arsenal .



  • Iranian security forces confronting demonstrators

    Slogans have been chanted against not just Mr Rouhani but Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and clerical rule in general.
    Lindy Lou Layman's Inartful $300K First Date With Texas Lawyer

    Lindy Lou Layman's Inartful $300K First Date With Texas Lawyer

    Layman was released from custody on Christmas Eve after posting a $30,000 bond, court records show. He also hosted a fundraiser for then-candidate Donald Trump at the mansion a year ago .
    Shoppers checking lists twice in last weekend before Christmas

    Shoppers checking lists twice in last weekend before Christmas

    The ARA said 53 percent of consumers plan do some sort of last-minute Christmas shopping over the weekend. If you still haven't gotten presents for your friends and family yet, don't fret you're not alone.
  • The First Supermoon of 2018 Arrives on New Year's Day

    The First Supermoon of 2018 Arrives on New Year's Day

    The full lunar disc appears 14% bigger and up to 30% brighter than a regular moon and is fantastically "super" in every way. A review of motorcycle crash data in the UK, Canada, and Australia saw similar increases in fatalities on full moon nights.
    Uber Sells Stake to SoftBank, Valuing Ride-Hailing Giant at $48 Billion

    Uber Sells Stake to SoftBank, Valuing Ride-Hailing Giant at $48 Billion

    Uber investors and employees tendered shares equal to about 20 pct of the company, the Journal reported , citing unnamed sources. SoftBank will occupy two seats on the company's board and will now be an extremely influential player in decisions at Uber.
    Package of horse manure sent to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin

    Package of horse manure sent to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin

    A news helicopter hovering above the home captured footage of police appearing to examine the unwrapped box. When the bomb squad opened the gift, they found what they called a "pretty good quantity' of horse manure".
  • Penn State Faithful Unite In Arizona

    The Nittany Lions had an extremely impressive start to their season, defeating their first seven opponents, including #19 MI . Penn State's o-line must have their best game yet as Penn State looks to overcome Washington's defense on Saturday.

    Parents killed in Reston, Va. triple shooting

    On Wednesday (Dec. 20), the Frickers chose to intervene by taking their daughter to the home of a friend in Washington D.C. Hours later, there was an early morning rendezvous between the Frickers' teen daughter and the suspect, Kuhn said.
    'Horrific': Plane crash kills 5 on Christmas Eve trip

    'Horrific': Plane crash kills 5 on Christmas Eve trip

    Polk County Sheriff's deputies said the twin-engine plane crashed at the end of the runway near Ben Durrance Road in Bartow. The Cessna 340 plane that crashed at the Bartow Airbase in Florida on December 24, 2017.
  • Trump's 'no more' holds no importance: Khawaja Asif

    Trump's 'no more' holds no importance: Khawaja Asif

    Earlier today, the United States president had said that his country has foolishly distributed aid to Pakistan even as it continued its support to terrorist.
    Palestinian pain for India

    Palestinian pain for India

    Al Haija, who met with Secretary Economic Relations Vijay Gokhale at the Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday. Pakistan has refused extradition requests from the U.S. for Saeed and allows him to operate relatively freely.

    Five dead after bus ploughs into Moscow subway

    Mayor of the capital, Sergei Sobyanin , took to Twitter to express his condolences to the families and friends of the victim. Video shared on social media shows the bus hitting a number of people at the Slavyanskiy bul'var subway station.