Germany has rejected the idea of the European Union setting any ultimatums for Turkey over its entry negotiations. But Berlin has stressed that the common goal should be the implementation of the Ankara Protocol aimed at opening ports to Cyprus.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at a summit news conference with Polish and French Presidents Lech Kaczynski and Jacques Chirac, said she would lobby for the European Commission to issue a report on Turkish compliance.
She said: “We don’t want an ultimatum, but on the Member States’ side we would like to ground ourselves in the European Commission’s reports. These tell us what has been attained and if we can go forward between autumn next year and spring of 2009.” That was in reference to Turkey’s elections first and then European elections two years later.