Merkel pledges to end Turkey’s EU talks

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German chancellor Angela Merkel has promised to shut down Turkey’s EU accession talks and defended her open-door refugee policy.

Merkel made the Turkey pledge in a pre-election TV debate with her main rival, former European Parliament head Martin Schulz, on Sunday (3 September). “The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU,” she said.

“I’ll speak to my [EU] colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks,” she added. Her surprise remarks, which she made impromptu in a segment on North Korea, represented an on-air U-turn. Schulz had earlier said he would end the Turkey negotiations. “If I were chancellor, I’d ask the European Council to end the accession talks with Turkey … We should not allow in a country that is against EU values,” he said…

Read more : EUObserver, 04.09.2017