Germany’s Chancellor has been cementing economic and social ties between her county and that of Turkey while also delivering a firm message over Ankara’s bid for EU membership. Angela Merkel is one of several European leaders who have previously preferred to offer privileged status rather than full membership to the country.
Turkey must deliver on its commitment to human rights, and trade with all members of the bloc. Addressing the Press and Turkey’s Prime Minister Merkel warned: “If member states of the European Union want to cooperate, they need free-up trade relations including access to ports and airports. We have a Finnish proposal on the table now, and I have heard with interest that this proposal is being welcomed by Turkey, too.”
But Turkey and its leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, are hitting problems over negotiations, one being its refusal to recognise Cyprus. However, with over 2.5 million people of Turkish origin living in Germany and bilateral trade reaching 21 billion euros, links remain strong.