Sweden still positive to Turkey joining EU

Despite growing criticism against Turkey's eligibility as a candidate for EU membership, Sweden remains supportive of continuing the process, Sweden's Foreign Minister says.

As recently as last November, Swedish MEPs Lars Adaktusson (Christian Democrat) and Cecilia Wikström (Liberal Party) proposed that Turkey's path towards EU membership be put on ice. And earlier in 2014 the EU Parliament's largest block, the Christian Democrats and conservative EPP, distanced themselves from a future Turkey EU membership.

But despite the recent change of Swedish government and the recent arrests of journalists in Turkey, Sweden remains positive to a future Turkish membership, with the condition that Turkey improve human rights conditions in the country, the foreign minister says.

"We have a lot of criticism when it comes to, for example, human rights. We want the EU to open the dialogue regarding human rights and the rule of law in order to be able for us to be more engaged with Turkey," Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström told news website Europaportalen.

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