| || || || Luxembourg, currently the EUs term president, called on Ankara to sign the harmonisation protocol extending the customs union with the bloc to include new members as soon as possible. Among those new members is the Greek Cypriot administration. Turkey is trying to find a way to meet the EUs requirements without formally recognising the Greek Cypriots|
EU officials also said they were discomforted over a sermon read in Turkeys mosques that they said encouraged discrimination against other religions was encouraged. The officials said that the sermon stated that Islam was the sole religion and that missionaries and the other sects were stealing the faith of Turkeys the youth.
Another criticism raised was that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened a court case against caricatures making fun of him.
Experts from Brussels agreed with the Turkish media that the Turkish government had eased off in implementing reforms required for membership of the EU.