Saturday, February 23, 2013

Merkel is skeptical regarding Turkey's EU membership

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday said she is in favour of opening up a "new chapter" in talks related to Turkey's bid to join the European Union, saying that even though she remains sceptical, discussions need to move forward. "We conduct negotiations without the result being fixed in advance. These negotiations have stalled a little recently and I am in favour of opening a new chapter in these talks so we can advance," Merkel said in her weekly video message, but added "a long path of negotiations lies ahead of us". "Although I am sceptical, I have approved the continuation of the membership discussions.

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