European Union–Turkey relations

Bulgaria Has Received 50 Migrants From Greece Under the EU Relocation Quotas

Bulgaria has received so far 50 migrants from Greece under the EU relocation quotas, data of the European Commission presented on September 6, reported Standart News.

Bulgaria promised to receive 860 migrants from Greece. No migrants were received by the beginning of this week from Italy and Turkey.

Bulgaria has to receive from Italy 471 under that agreement.

EU will continue talks with Turkey

Turkey's European Union membership accession talks will continue, said EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday, underlining Ankara's role as a partner in the region.

"We are continuing to talk with Turkey," Mogherini said in the northwestern Slovenian town of Bled, where she came for the 2017 Bled Strategic Forum.

EU's Juncker says Turkey leaving Europe by 'giant steps'

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Aug. 29 said Turkey was to blame for the breakdown of its EU accession talks and warned Ankara was fast "withdrawing from Europe."

Juncker warned that "Turkey is withdrawing from Europe with giant steps," adding that it was up to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to officially call an end Turkey's efforts to join the EU.

German FM concedes lack of EU support on Turkey policy

Call for EU countries to back Germany to pressure Turkey through economic measures have failed to grab much support, said Foreign Minister Sigman Gabriel on Aug. 27.

Speaking at an open event in Berlin, the German minister recalled that the government had sought support from EU countries against Turkey.