Merkel 'pushes for cut in pre-accession funds' to Turkey

Merkel 'pushes for cut in pre-accession funds' to Turkey
Copyright 
By Euronews
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

Angela Merkel is said to have pushed for the cuts and called for a common EU position on membership talks.

ADVERTISEMENT

Ankara is “moving away step-by-step” from the preconditions for accession to the EU, Angela Merkel says. The German Chancellor labelled the human rights situation in Turkey “unacceptable” as she announced the bloc had asked their executive body to cut pre-accession funds to the country.

“We have agreed on two things: to ask the Commission to reduce pre-accession aid in a responsible way and, secondly, not just to talk about Turkey, but with Turkey. We will talk about in which context we will be able to continue to do that”, she added.

Merkel added that she didn’t expect discussions between the bloc and Ankara on enlarging a customs union, but she has called for a common EU position on membership talks.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said the goal was still EU membership, maintaining that the country is part of the continent; “we are not outsiders”, he insisted. Ankara first applied for accession to the Union in 1987. Talks began 12 years ago.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

German police arrest two men for plotting sabotage on Russia's behalf

Prominent AfD figure stands trial for using Nazi slogan

Germany arrests two men accused of spying for Russia as US nears Ukraine aid deal