In spite of deep divisions, the European Parliament is set to hold a vote on Turkey’s bid to become a member of the EU.
In spite of deep divisions, the European Parliament is set to hold a vote on Turkey’s bid to become a member of the EU. Speaking to journalists during a meeting of EU heads of government, European Parliament President Josep Borrell announced on Thursday his decision to hold a vote and travel to Turkey to deliver the verdict, whichever way it goes. His announcement raises the possibility of traveling to Ankara to tell the Turkish government that the parliament opposes opening membership talks. The parliament is deeply divided on the issue of Turkey’s membership with many MEPs from the chamber's largest faction -- made up of the European People's Party, Christian Democrats and conservatives -- staunchly opposed to opening accession negotiations. Borrell said that the vote would come ahead of a European Council decision on opening negotiations in December. (EUobserver.com)