Turkey relaunches EU bid as part of migrant deal

Turkey and the European Union officially launched a new stage in Ankara’s long-stalled membership bid on Monday as part of a deal aimed at tackling the migration crisis. (AFP)

That date is far off: Turkey has made it a fraction of the way through a EU legislative checklist since launching the entry process a decade ago, a pace that in purely mathematical terms would put it on track to join in 350 years. (Bloomberg)

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek, in Brussels for the opening of a new accession chapter with the European Union, said he expected quick progress on bringing Ankara in line with the EU’s economic and monetary policy, despite concerns about central bank independence in Turkey. (Today’s Zaman)