Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) delivers a speech during a joint press conference with Maltese Foreign Minister George Vella (L) after their meeting on June 23, 2016 in Ankara. / AFP / ADEM ALTAN
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The EU opened a new negotiating chapter with Turkey on Thursday on its long-stalled bid for membership, a week after a British vote to leave the EU in which it was a major campaign issue.Muslim-majority Turkey formally launched its membership bid and since then the EU has opened 15 chapters out of the 35 required to join the bloc, although it has only completed one.The decision was part of an EU agreement in March to speed up accession talks in return for Turkey helping to control the massive inflow of migrants, mostly fleeing Syria, which overwhelmed the bloc last year.Koenders stressed Turkey must meet EU rights standards as all candidate countries should.
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