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In Qatar, the reigning sheikh turned over rulership of his country to his heir apparent, fourth son Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Sheikh Tamim is also chairman of Qatar Investment Authority, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, which reportedly has assets of more than $100bn and owns stakes in many major companies such as Barclays, Xstrata, Harrods, and Volkswagen.
Continuing protests in Turkey and upcoming elections in Germany were instrumental in EU hearings on membership being postponed.
For their part, Turkish diplomats earlier warned there would be a “harsh” reaction if Wednesday’s IGC was cancelled.
But its foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, put a positive spin on the EU decision on Tuesday.
He told press in Ankara that: “Chapter 22 has been opened. The question has been resolved.”
Meanwhile, the delay means the EU decision will fall after German elections in September.
A pro-Turkish decision could have cost Chancellor Angela Merkel right wing votes.