German Chancellor Angela Merkel intends to put an end to the negotiations on Turkey’s accession to the EU. She stated this during the pre-election TV debate on Sunday, September 3, reports Reuters.
“It is clear that Turkey should not become EU member”, – said the head of government of Germany.
“I’ll talk to my colleagues (in the EU), in order to find out if we can reach a common position on this issue, so we can stop these accession negotiations”, she added.
This statement was followed by Merkel after her opponent in the debate, the candidate for chancellors from Sotsial-democratic party of Germany Martin Schulz, it would seem that surprised her, promising in case of victory in the election to end the membership negotiations of Turkey to the European Union.
“If I become Chancellor of Germany if the people of this country will give me the mandate, I will propose to the European Council to stop the negotiations with Turkey for membership,” said Schultz.
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At first, Merkel warned against such a move, saying that it would be irresponsible to jeopardize relations with Turkey at a time when there under arrest are German citizens (12 Germans are now in a Turkish prison on political charges, four of them have dual citizenship).
However, later in the debate the Chancellor has returned to the Turkish question, making a statement about the need to end the membership negotiations.
Official Ankara has not commented on the words of Merkel, which, as noted by Reuters, is likely to further exacerbate the already tense German-Turkish relations.
In August 2017 the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Merkel enemy, urged people not to vote for her party. The Chancellor soon responded to these statements.
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