Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel looks on during his meeting with his Slovenian counterpart in Ljubljana on May 5, 2017. / AFP / Jure Makovec
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Austria is also seeking to end Turkey's membership bid, and a growing group of countries say they've realized acting as if Turkey is still a constructive partner would amount to a charade.Erdogan won a referendum that expands his powers, and he has had equally harsh words for the EU. He also said he may hold a referendum on whether the country should continue its membership efforts.Turkey applied to join the EU three decades ago, and negotiations started in 2005 .The EU also clinched a deal in which Turkey gets billions of euros in aid in return for keeping refugees – mostly Syrian – who would otherwise be pouring into Europe in huge numbers.
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