During an election debate, Martin Schulz, the SPD's candidate for the chancellorship, said he'd end EU accession talks with Turkey. But as Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, also SPD, soon found out, his EU colleagues may not to go along with that.
The German and Turkish foreign ministers met in Antalya for "informal" talks which are likely to spur EU debate about diplomacy with Ankara. The meeting follows Turkey’s release of a German human rights activist.
Halting Turkey's bid to join the European Union was the surprise suggestion in Germany's election debate. But is there really anything to halt? DW takes a look at where Turkey's EU accession process stands.
The 55-year-old had been on a pilgrimage for peace when he was arrested. After arriving home Britsch criticized Turkish authorities, while Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said his release was a further "positive sign."
In an exclusive DW interview, Merkel's challenger criticized her campaign motto and lack of leadership. He was also highly critical of Turkish President Erdogan, saying he would not be blackmailed on refugee policy.
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