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EU's critical report on Turkey draws criticism itself

Turkey has an oddly mild reaction to a bruising report from the European Commission.
European Union (R) and Turkish flags fly at the business and financial district of Levent in Istanbul, Turkey September 4, 2017. REUTERS/Osman Orsal - RC18AEBF7100

It was no surprise Turkey's latest report card from the EU was its worst ever. The first clue was the report's title. Unlike past "progress reports," this one was simply called the "2018 Report on Turkey." French diplomat Marc Pierini, a former EU ambassador in Ankara and a top expert on bilateral relations, went one step further, calling it the "Turkey Regress Report."

The annual reports by the European Commission assess the efforts Turkey has supposedly made to join the bloc. The commission is often critical, but the April 17 report was like the final nail in the coffin of Turkey's long-running bid for acceptance.

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