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Turkey is part of the solution, not of the problem, says its EU minister

Turkey is part of the solution, not of the problem, says its EU minister

Turkey’s progress this year on the path to EU accession was debated by its EU affairs minister and chief negotiator Egemen Bağış and Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on 2 December. His visit coincided with the committee’s first discussion of a draft report on Turkey by Ria Oomen-Ruijten (EPP, NL)

Full moratorium on West Bank settlement

Full moratorium on West Bank settlement

The EU should step up pressure on Israel to stop expanding settlements on the West Bank, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Abu Gheit told MEPs on Tuesday. Egypt also wants an agreement on the borders of the new Palestinian state. Source : © European Parliament

EU membership candidates: Parliament outlines its criteria

EU membership candidates: Parliament outlines its criteria

Current and potential candidate countries must continue reforming to stay on track for eventual EU membership. Key issues such as rule of law, freedom of expression, treatment of ethnic minorities and the fight against corruption and organised crime must still be addressed, says a resolution approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday and scheduled for a plenary vote on 26 November