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Merkel wants to cut EU aid to Turkey

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By Catherine Hardy  with REUTERS
Merkel wants to cut EU aid to Turkey

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”.

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.

Does she have any backing?

Yes. From Belgium and the Netherlands.