The negotiations on Turkey’s membership in the EU should be abandoned, according to the responsible EU-Commissioner Johannes Hahn officially.

“I think in the long term, it would be more honest for Turkey and the EU, to go new ways and to end the accession talks,” said Hahn of the “world”. Sticking to the running since 2005, accession negotiations have so far blocked the way for a “realistic, strategic partnership”.

Hahn made however, at the same time, clear that the decision in question, the governments of the member States. Among them, the majority for an official breakdown of the talks was in sight. In the case of deliberations on the topic was held in June, only that the negotiations are practically at a standstill and only fundamental Changes in Turkey’s progress could allow.

The EU member States found that, in this context, it is deeply worrying setbacks in the rule of law, fundamental rights and freedom of expression. The crackdown on journalists, academics, human rights activists, opposition politicians and users of social media could not be tolerated, it was also in June, adopted a Declaration.

As a reason for the Adherence to the EU candidate status of Turkey, the migration crisis. The withdrawal of Status might threaten from the point of view of many States, the refugee Pact with the country. He is considered to be one reason for this is that, at present, significantly less migrants come to Europe than in 2015.

The Pact stipulates that the EU can send all the migrants who come illegally via Turkey to the Greek Islands. In return, EU countries, Turkey will take vulnerable refugees from Syria and to Finance aid for living in Turkey, refugees. The country has so far received a total of just under 3.6 million refugees.

As a possible Alternative to the EU accession talks, Hahn, in an Interview with the “world calling”, talks about an expansion of the customs Union with Turkey. This had, however, ruled out in June, the EU member States on a provisional basis.

With its open positioning of valve supports his compatriot Sebastian Kurz. The Austrian Chancellor is considered to be the most prominent advocate of an official cancellation of the accession negotiations with Turkey. He has in the circle of the heads of state and government so far, but hardly any supporters. A consensual termination of the accession talks is rejected by Turkey. The country calls for even the not broke feeding past negotiations to continue, but even expand.