His comments, to German daily Die Welt, reaffirmed Turkey's frustration with the stalling of accession talks with Brussels.
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The main points of the interview
- Akdag called for the resumption of accession talks, which he said would create an "important new impetus" in Turkey.
- He accused the EU of acting unfairly by allowing several Balkan countries to join first.
- "Turkey deserves to join the EU earlier than any other candidate country. But political reasons prevent that," Akdag said.
- When asked why Turkey was surprised about the EU stalling negotiations over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown on dissent, he said: "Turkey has had an attempted coup and is regularly attacked by terrorists. That's why there are temporary emergency laws. We are disappointed with the Europeans. We expect them to do their homework."
- He urged Germany to support calls for a reopening of EU accession talks.
- When asked whether Ankara would threaten to send more Syrian refugees to European shores if the EU didn’t budge, he said: "Im not saying that now. But of course, there is always a line that shouldn't be crossed."