“There is one exception, however, that is if the EU decides to let Turkey join the Union. Austrians will have to be asked whether they want this.”
His remarks come amid fresh discussions between Turkey and EU bigwigs after Ankara demanded an acceleration on its application in return for taking back migrants seeking asylum in Europe.
Turkey met with EU officials in Brussels this week
‘I am fully certain that Austrian people will not accept Turkish membership in the bloc’ – Far-right party leader Norbert Hofer
Mr. Hofer went on: “I hope that there will be no need for a referendum in Austria and that the Union will develop in a positive manner.
“But I am fully certain that Austrian people will not accept Turkish membership in the bloc, as well as the situation where Austria is deprived of its powers in favour of the authorities in Brussels.”
Turkey’s journey towards EU membership has so far been a long and complicated one. Major stumbling blocks include Turkey’s refusal to recognise the Republic of Cyprus or Greece’s demands for an end to Turkish control in the island’s north.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu
“However, the European Union must learn this lesson: we must be creating Europe for the people, not Europe for bureaucrats.
Norbert Hofer will now have a second chance at winning the Austrian presidency
Mr. Hofer received 51.9 percent of the initial result in the country’s presidential elections, not counting absentee votes – a total that was described as a “political earthquake”.
However, he was narrowly defeated after counting absentee votes for the final total, former leader of Greens, Alexander Van der Bellen, edged in front with a 50.3 percent victory.