Merkel sees nothing in any accession of Turkey to EU

Merkel sees nothing in any accession of Turkey to EU

The German chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) sees nothing in a EU-membership of Turkey.

“I will put my opinion with my European colleagues to discuss. Hopefully, we agree, so we can accession talks can stop,” Merkel said in a debate with its German political opponent, Martin Schulz (SPD). Schulz had to know to do the same as he is chancellor.

Talks about a future possible accession to the EU started in 2005, but are already months almost silent by the political developments in Turkey.

The relations between Germany and Turkey for a long time is not good. So Germany is among more critical of the arrests that the Turkish police since the couppoging has done.

In August, it was at the request of the Turkish authorities, the German writer Dogan Akhanli was arrested in Spain. The arrest of the Turkey-born writer led to outrage in Germany.

Last month called Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turks in Germany, not Merkel to vote in the German elections on september 24.


The two German politicians are debating for the first and only time, nearly ninety minutes long, and in the run-up to the German elections Schulz is the main opponent of Merkel in that election, although her party has a large lead in the polls. The two argued, inter alia, the increase of the retirement age, the German toll and immigration.

According to Schulz has Merkel in 2015 mistakes are made in the approach of the vluchtelingencrisis, by its decisions not to coordinate with its European colleagues. Merkel showed Syrian refugees in large numbers into the country, while, for example, the Hungarian head of government Viktor Orbán, the borders closed.

At an election victory of the CDU acts Merkel in 2017 in its twelfth year as chancellor again. Record holder Helmut Kohl’s sixteen years in the German premier (1982-1998) and CDU-co-founder Konrad Adenauer held the post for fourteen years (1949-1963).

See also:
Why the tension between Germany and Turkey continue to rise

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