French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan walk out after a joint press conference on January 5, 2018, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (AFP / POOL / LUDOVIC MARIN)
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French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that political developments in Turkey were effectively blocking its EU accession bid, suggesting a "partnership" instead of full membership.At a testy joint press conference following talks in Paris, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turks were sick of waiting to join the European Union after half a century.Ankara was hoping to warm frosty relations with Europe during Erdogan's trip, but the talks were overshadowed by concerns over Turkey's huge post-coup crackdown and the arrest of journalists.Neither Macron nor Erdogan hid their pessimism over the state of Turkey's long-running bid to join the EU.
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