Turkey's EU Dream Is Over, For Now, Top Official Says

Austria calls for new EU relationship with Turkey

Austria calls for new EU relationship with Turkey

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday said a Turkey-EU summit was expected to be convened but added no date had been decided, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency. He noted that the recent referendum on expansion of the president's powers would change the constitution, however, the European Union should "make its own decision".

The Turkish head of state has often railed against European leaders and threatened to hold a Brexit-like referendum on Turkey's membership talks.

So just like U.S. President Donald Trump being a member of the Republican Party and former U.S. President Barack Obama being elected as a Democrat, our president now has a party affiliation.

However, the April 16 referendum allowed changes to the country's governing charter which included shifting from a parliamentary to a presidential system and permiting the president to be a member of a political party. "If you don't open, then goodbye", Erdogan said after rejoining Turkey's ruling party in Ankara. So President Erdoğan, at a jubilant ceremony at the AK Party headquarters in Ankara, returned to the party he founded in 2002 and became its member. We can then sit at a table and discuss.

"I will nominate Erdogan as the candidate chairman of the party at the May 21 extraordinary congress", Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said at the ceremony.

Erdoğan, who has four children, has described the AKP as his "fifth child" and has never made a secret of his desire to return to the fold.

Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds
The escalation of force between Ankara and the YPG could complicate the operation to liberate Raqqa, the ISIS capital in Syria. A member of U.S forces rides on a military vehicle in the town of Darbasiya next to the Turkish border, Syria April 28, 2017.

"I am today returning to my home, my love, my passion", Erdogan said.

The new constitution envisages sweeping changes including the abolition of the premier's post and giving the head of state power to appoint ministers.

Turkey's main opposition leader on Tuesday said "a chairman of a political party can not be a president of 80 million".

But these changes will only come into force after elections scheduled for November 2019 and the party membership shift is one of the few measures to take effect before then.

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