Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters during a meeting in Istanbul January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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Turkey sought Monday to downplay the risk of a rupture in ties with the European Union, as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan headed to Brussels facing the worst crisis of his 11-year rule.EU Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu insisted that Muslim-majority Turkey, which has sought for decades to join the European club, wants to be a full and equal EU member.Erdogan's trip to Brussels – his first in five years – was intended to highlight a new era in EU-Turkey ties after the resumption of accession talks last year following a three-year freeze.Cavusoglu also insisted that the judicial reforms, which are set to be debated by Turkey's parliament Tuesday, were in keeping with the EU's standards.
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