World Bulletin / News Desk
In a written statement issued over a call by Austria’s new government for a halt to Turkey’s EU accession negotiations, TUSIAD said the move was "extremely negative".
"It is inconsistent with economic and security interests of all the European people, including Turkey," said the leading business group, adding the decision was a new step by a populist political movement that harmed Europe's global role and democratic values.
"Our priority is Turkey's democratic reform agenda and [Turkey's] return to the EU process. The EU must also adopt a constructive and positive policy that avoids excessive populist rhetoric," the group said.
Last Friday, Austria’s center-right OVP (People's Party) reached a deal with the far-right FPO (Freedom Party) to form a coalition government, after eight weeks of intense negotiations.
On Saturday, they pledged a tougher approach to migration and stronger domestic security measures.
Arrests have been made in several Turkish provinces, including capital Ankara
Turkey is in talks to buy missile defense systems from the U.S., Eurosam, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Friday.
Humanitarian aid distributed to civilians in Ma’batli town and two other villages
US support to YPG/PKK terror group ‘completely wrong’
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Anti-narcotics operations carried out in Istanbul, Sanliurfa, Kutahya, Eskisehir and Elazig provinces
Private transportation services can only be operated by cabs equipped with meters, says professional drivers group
Turkey's operation in Afrin, relations between US and Turkey, and Syrian refugees come under discussion
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