EU wants Turkey in accession support pruning
EU leaders want the European Commission to "critically look" the financial support that Turkey gets in preparation for EU membership. That money would go to maybe better civil society organisations that deal with such things as human rights instead of the Turkish Government, said Prime Minister Mark Rutte after the first day of the EU Summit in Brussels.
Over dinner discussed the 28 at the request of Chancellor Angela Merkel the relations with Turkey. According to her the democratic developments in the country "in the wrong direction." They want the resources that Ankara receives for political and administrative reforms to meet the standards of the EU, be downsized.
According to Rutte negotiations are completely silent. "They are comatose and that's not going to change." He said that it is good that the Commission is considering whether the money can be used, otherwise "and that also affects the height". However, there is no support for the Dutch proposal to tap the money at all, he said.