German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on a two-day trip to Turkey. Ahead of the visit Merkel gave her backing to opening a new chapter of talks in Turkey’s bid for EU membership – an offer welcomed by Turkish leaders.
Turkey wants to become an EU member in just a few years, but the gap between the two sides is growing ever larger. DW's Christoph Hasselbach thinks it's time to be realistic and end this disgraceful charade.
Despite losing support after her famous pro-refugee slogan, "We can do it," Chancellor Merkel is confident that Germany will ride the migrant crisis. The leader spoke to Germany's public broadcaster ARD.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on German people of Turkish origin to "develop a high degree of loyalty" to Germany. Members of her conservative Christian Democrats have also called for an end to dual citizenship.
Dropping talks with Turkey, currently Europe's "difficult partner," make little sense, Germany's center-left Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has said. Any Turkish EU accession remains "10, 20 years" distant, he added.
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