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Merkel wants to cut EU aid to Turkey

Merkel wants to cut EU aid to Turkey
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By Catherine Hardy with REUTERS
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The human rights situation in Turkey is unacceptable and EU leaders have asked their executive arm to look at cutting pre-accession aid to Ankara in a "responsible way"

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The human rights situation in Turkey is unacceptable and EU leaders have asked their executive arm to look at cutting pre-accession aid to Ankara in a “responsible way”.

EU leaders want to ‘responsibly’ cut Turkey pre-accession aid: Merkel https://t.co/eVfLW4jYtzpic.twitter.com/Meluuoz40E

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) 20 octobre 2017

Who has said this?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She has urged her fellow leaders to cut European Union funds to Turkey that are linked to Ankara’s bid to join the bloc.

Speaking to journalists after a dinner in Brussels at which leaders discussed relations with Turkey, Merkel said she wanted a common EU position on the accession talks.

She said dialogue with Turkey must continue but she does not foresee talks with Ankara on expanding a customs union with the EU.

Merkel says she’ll seek to curtail the EU’s pre-accession funding to Turkey https://t.co/AkTLViGGrnpic.twitter.com/04hOkKZRWE

— Bloomberg (@business) 19 octobre 2017

Does she have any backing?

Yes. From Belgium and the Netherlands.

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