Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was scheduled to visit Brussels and Germany earlier this week in an attempt to revive the country’s flagging bid to join the European Union, Reuters says. Turkey began negotiating for entry into the bloc in 2005, but talks have stalled over issues including the division of Cyprus and reservations of France and Germany to grant Turkey, a Muslim country, full membership into the bloc. There is also skepticism in the EU headquarters in Brussels about Turkey’s willingness to implement reforms before its scheduled parliamentary election in June, Reuters adds.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.