I am no fan of Merkel but at least we can agree with this decision…
On Sunday, during a televised debate for the upcoming German Federal elections, current Prime Minister Angela Merkel said:
“The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU. I’ll speak to my (EU) colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks.“
This shift in Merkel’s position has been met with various responses. In the EU, Finland and Lithuania have stressed that they want to continue the negotiations, despite Erdogan’s less sub-stellar track record. Lithuanian Social Democrat MP Linas Antanas Linkevičius said that:
“we should continue the process and engagement. It’s not easy but we have to value contacts. By stopping, by cutting, we will (…) encourage them even more to go away. I think the effect would be the opposite than [sic] what we’d wish.“
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, reacted to Merkel’s statement by saying:
“What happened during that televised debate is Nazism, what happened there is facism. I’m not saying ‘you’re a Nazi, you’re a Fascist’, I am merely describing what happened there.“
Earlier this year, Erdoğan accused Germany of ‘Nazi methods’ when the German government didn’t allow Turkish ministers to campaign in Germany.