October 19, 2017 / 1:41 PM / in a year

Austria election victor calls for end to Turkey's EU entry talks

Austrian's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz arrives at the EC headquarters ahead of a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels, Belgium, October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Austria’s likely next chancellor said on Thursday that EU membership talks with Turkey must be stopped.

Sebastian Kurz, whose conservative OVP party won the most votes in Sunday’s parliamentary election, said after a meeting with German Manfred Weber, the head of the centre-right grouping in the European Parliament, that Turkey was not meeting the criteria for accession.

“So entry negotiations with Turkey must be broken off,” Kurz said in a tweet.

Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop

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