German effort to stop Turkey accession talks has limited support in EU

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 8.9.2017 11:35

The discussions to suspend Turkey's EU membership talks have not worked well for Germany so far, as on Thursday 7 September in Tallinn Finland and Lithuania opposed the position and other EU member states prefer to wait after the German elections before taking a position. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday 3 August that at the upcoming EU summit in October Germany will push the EU to halt or end accession talks with Turkey.

Chancellor Merkel's opponent Martin Schulz chose an even stronger rhetoric against Turkey before the elections, as according to the new Deutschlandtrend survey, 84 % of German respondents are opposed to Turkish membership in EU. On the other hand, French President Emmanuel Macron told a Greek newspaper on Thursday that Turkey is a vital partner for the EU and that relations should be maintained. However, Macron also confirmed that Turkey has been deviating from the EU in recent months but it is still a strategic partner in fighting terrorism and curbing migration. According to BIRN experts, worsening relations between Germany and Turkey could even lead to Turkish President Erdoğan's attempts to undermine the EU in the Balkans.

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