The Turkish flag flies at the entrance to the European Council building before the start of a EU heads of state summit in Brussels, Dec. 16.
In Brussels, European leaders reach an agreement to begin talks next year that could eventually allow Turkey to join the E.U. Western leaders insist that Turkey move toward normalizing relations with the island of Cyprus. Turkish troops have occupied the northern part of the island for decades. Hear NPR's Steve Inskeep and NPR's Ivan Watson.