Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that Turkey had faced stonewalling in accession talks with EU, the state-run Anadolu agency said.
"There are efforts, within the EU, to slow down our pace," Gul told a question and answer session after his speech entitled "What Next? Turkey's Global Vision for a Prosperous Future" at Columbia University.
Gul, who was asked what was the biggest problem for Turkey in its EU accession process, said that it was the lack of vision in EU. Gul said Turkey has done what it had to do on the way to become an EU member, however he said some EU-member states had displayed a political stance which could even stop Turkey from fulfilling its membership criteria.
I am not talking about the European Commission here, Gul said. The commission is in a quite decent and firm stance.
Gul added that a part of EU countries had been focused very much on domestic politics, adding that EU was a very important player in the world.
"But it does not play," Gul said.
Lack of strategy
Turkey's president also said that Europe lacked strategic point of view regarding Turkey's European Union (EU) membership.
President Abdullah Gul said he believed this perspective would change.
"I believe Turkey-EU negotiation process will speed up when this happens," Gul said.
Gul said Turkey was determined to complete the negotiation process successfully, and therefore it went on making reforms.
Gul said, "EU member states are so much involved in their domestic policies that they lack strategic perspective. There is a Europe that cannot see and think about 50-60 years ahead."
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