Juncker: Turkey's EU membership out of the question for now

2017-09-13 14:40:39

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday that Turkey cannot join the EU in the near future.

"Rule of law, justice and fundamental values have top priority [in accession process] and that rules out EU membership for Turkey in the foreseeable future," the commission president said, adding that the EU will always "stretch out a hand" towards Turkey.

He also pleaded with Ankara to release journalists from its jails.