Germany's Merkel wants to roll up the European Union welcome mat for Turkey

Germany's Merkel wants to roll up the European Union welcome mat for Turkey”

Mikser, however, whose country now holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, said that any decision would have to wait for an assessment by the European Commission regarding whether Turkey was in accordance with membership criteria. "It's unacceptable that there are journalists in jail", Tajani said, adding that he has raised these issues with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said "Turkey should not become an European Union member", a line shared by her rival for the German chancellorship Martin Schulz and by the Austrian government.

A senior Turkish official said European Union states must decide whether they wanted Turkey as a member, but there was a sense "they no longer want the marriage.(but) want cohabitation".

The EU has not kept any of its promises to Turkey, the Turkish media outlets quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying September 6.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Germany and Turkey have traded increasingly bitter words over the last two years, contributing to an overall souring of Ankara's relations with the EU. "After the German elections will be the time for more discussions on this". "I think the effect would be the opposite than what we'd wish".

Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser, whose country now holds the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union, criticised German politicians on Wednesday for making EU-Turkey ties a major topic of their political campaign.

Finland's Foreign Minister Timo Soini also joined the fray on Thursday, saying that he was against cutting European Union membership.

"It's very hard today for Turkey to get into the European Union, but we can not close the chapter", Tajani told POLITICO during an interview in his office. An upgrade of the customs union agreement was one of the main points in the 2015 deal. Ankara filed an application for the European Union membership in 1987, but the negotiations on Ankara's accession to the European Union started only in 2005.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Germany and Turkey have traded increasingly bitter words over the last two years.

Germany's Spiegel magazine on Saturday reported that Germany had rejected a formal request from Turkey to freeze assets of members of the network of US-based Fetullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of orchestrating the coup attempt, a charge Gulen denies.

Merkel's remarks came as opposition parties upped pressure on the German government, seeking harsher tones against Turkey, particularly due to the recent arrests in Turkey of around 10 German citizens, including a reporter and a human rights activist, for alleged support of terrorist groups.

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