Merkel Wants to Apply Brakes to Turkey’s EU Aspirations, As Relationship Sours


Berlin ( – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded coolly Wednesday to calls by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the European Union to end drawn-out accession talks, amid a growing conviction that Erdogan-ruled Turkey is not a suitable candidate for E.U. membership.

Addressing officials of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara, Erdogan insisted Turkey “has complied with all its commitment,” and has not moved away from a “strategic goal of E.U. membership.”

Stau 6f“You’ve kept Turkey waiting,” he said in comments directed at the 28-member bloc. Any end to the accession process would amount to “hypocrisy and political…

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