Turkey criticizes German 'populism' after Merkel shift on European Union membership

Cheryl Sanders
September 8, 2017

Following the recent detention of two German nationals in Turkey, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Tuesday that Turkey is backsliding on the rule of law and vowed to urge other European Union member countries to think about putting an end or suspending Turkish accession talks at a meeting in October.

Schulz also took an anti-Turkey stance during the debate, stating that: "If I become German chancellor, if the people of this country give me a mandate, then I will propose to the European Council that we end the membership talks with Turkey".

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that "different calculations" had kept the Rohingya plight alive for many years, amid the latest flare-up in the persecution of Muslim community in western Myanmar, Turkey's Anadolu News Agency (AA) reported.

"When discussing Turkey's status as a candidate country, we should also discuss the future relationship in all its aspects and not make any hasty decisions without comprehensively considering these things", Mikser said.

Regarding more discussions on negotiations following the September 24 elections in Germany, Mogherini said: "In the future, I would suggest that we look beyond what is said during electoral campaigns both in Turkey and the EU. It's not easy but we have to value contacts", Lithuania's Linas Linkevicius told reporters. But he has long signalled that his country has run out of patience with the European Union over its languishing accession bid, launched in 2005, and the impasse has been brought into focus by a sharp deterioration in Turkey's ties with Germany. "Turkey has indeed strayed away from the European Union in recent months and worryingly overstepped the mark in ways that can not go ignored".

They will either keep their promises, pave the way to [Turkey's] accession process and fulfill their requirements stemming from our agreement about irregular migration [into Europe] or they will say "We don't want to continue our path with Turkey.' There is no other option". "How will they look at my face when tomorrow comes?"

"We want the crisis - which concerns our friends Japan and South Korea - to be resolved as soon as possible", he said.

Merkel wants to discuss that with fellow European Union leaders at their summit planned in October 19-20, more than three weeks after Germany's election.

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