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Ministers agree in Luxembourg meeting to restart Turkey EU membership talks

22.10.2013 From our online archive
At a meeting in Luxembourg, The European Union agreed Tuesday to restart membership talks with Turkey next month after a three-year break.

(AFP) At a meeting in Luxembourg, The European Union agreed Tuesday to restart membership talks with Turkey next month after a three-year break.

EU European Affairs ministers said  after the Grand Duchy meeting that the talks would resume on November 5.

The 28-nation bloc had agreed to the resumption in principle in June in order to breathe new life into Ankara's long-stalled effort to prise open the EU door.

But it then postponed the restart in protest over Turkey's tough crackdown against a wave of anti-government demonstrations.