EU re­vives mem­ber­ship talks with Turkey af­ter three-year hia­tus

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he hoped it would mark a new be­gin­ning in stalled re­la­tions be­tween Ankara and the bloc.

"We hope Turkey's re­la­tions with the EU will be­come more or­derly and we will ex­pe­ri­ence a pe­riod where il­log­i­cal, un­nec­es­sary and mean­ing­less po­lit­i­cal ob­sta­cles are re­moved," he said at a lunch for the EU's out­go­ing am­bas­sador to Turkey.

Bagis called for the open­ing of two chap­ters con­cern­ing hu­man rights, free­dom of ex­pres­sion and the ju­di­ciary, say­ing the ma­jor­ity of crit­i­cism di­rected to­wards Turkey in the progress re­port con­cerned these ar­eas.

Er­do­gan, who has bris­tled at for­eign crit­i­cism of his han­dling of the sum­mer un­rest and has fre­quently at­tacked the EU's at­ti­tude to­wards Turkey, mocked the bloc on Tues­day.

"Is the EU's only pre­oc­cu­pa­tion pre­par­ing progress re­ports on Turkey?" he said in a speech to deputies from his rul­ing AK Party in par­lia­ment.

"The EU is ex­tremely gen­er­ous in crit­i­ciz­ing can­di­date coun­tries and we are wait­ing for it to make some self-crit­i­cism and write its own progress re­port."

Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Tayyip Er­do­gan waves as he leaves a news con­fer­ence in Ankara Septem­ber 30, 2013.

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