Germany to Restrict Economic Cooperation with Turkey: Merkel

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Germany intends to further restrict economic cooperation with Turkey in order to secure the release of the German citizens detained there. This was announced by Chancellor Angela Merkel in an interview published on Saturday.

“We will have to further curtail economic cooperation with Turkey and revise projects,” Merkel said.

The head of government expressed indignation that many German citizens are still in prison in Turkey. “We render consular assistance to detainees as far as possible, unfortunately, the Turkish side even complicates it in some cases,” she said.

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In total, according to the authorities of Germany,  there are more than 50 citizens of Germany in detention in Turkey, and in many cases, it is a appears to be politically motivated arrests.

Against the background of detentions, German politicians tightened rhetoric against Ankara. As expected, in October the issue of the formal termination of negotiations on Turkey’s accession to the European Union will be considered by the leaders of the countries of the community.

Against the background of detentions, German politicians tightened rhetoric against Ankara. As expected, in October the issue of the formal termination of negotiations on Turkey’s accession to the European Union will be considered by the leaders of the countries of the community.

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