Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz will block any effort to advance negotiations necessary for Turkey to join the European Union, he told Austrian newspaper Kurier in an interview over the weekend.
The move comes after Chancellor Christian Kern called for ending Turkey’s accession talks last week. Kurz said that Turkey is “moving away from Europe” and that “what happens there isn’t compatible with European fundamental values.”
“I have a seat and vote in the council of foreign ministers, which decides unanimously whether new negotiating chapters with Turkey are opened,” Kurz told Kurier. “And I’m against that.”
Talks about Turkey’s EU accession are split into 35 chapters, of which 15 have been opened and one provisionally closed, according to the EU. The latest chapter, which would govern Turkey’s payments to and receipts from the EU budget, was opened June 30.