Will Islamic Nations gain a foothold in the European Union soon? Ankara wants to be part of the EU by 2023, Turkey’s ambassador to the bloc has told a German newspaper. He added that Turkey belongs in the union and that it will be “unacceptable” if it fails to join. “The Turkish government wants to join the EU by 2023. That year the Turkish republic will celebrate its 100th anniversary. It would be an achievement for my country to become a member by that time,” Selim Yenel, Turkey’s ambassador to the EU, told German newspaper Die Welt on Friday.

He noted that the conditions for joining the union are not particularly favorable at the moment, but the situation may change quickly. Yenel said that joining the EU is “very important” for Turkey, which submitted a membership application back in 1987 after signing an association treaty in 1963. CONTINUE