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German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday he did not see Turkey joining the EU during his political career, adding that the bloc would not be in a position to take Turkey in even if Ankara met all the entry requirements tomorrow.

Turkey started talks about joining the European Union in 2005 but has made little progress despite an initial burst of reforms.

Many EU countries are wary about the possibility of the large, mainly Muslim country becoming a member of the bloc and Europe has long worried that Turkey's anti-terrorism laws are used to quash dissent.


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