In an interview with DW, European Parliament President Martin Schulz says that no treaty between the EU and Turkey will be possible without sticking to the rules of the Geneva Convention.
The Social Democrat left his post as head of the European Parliament to challenge Angela Merkel. As he lags in the polls, Schulz holds on to the hope that his enthusiasm can convince voters to abandon "aloof" Merkel.
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.
Martin Schulz, candidate for the German chancellorship has reiterated that there’s need to crackdown on human trafficking and smugglers in a bid to stop illegal migration.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and German politicians have pressed for a tough stance on Turkey. But an EU summit next week may not deliver an immediate response.
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