German opposition, government spliton EU membership for Turkey

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28 October 2004 , BERLIN - Germany's Christian Democrats attacked Thursday the European Union's expected proposal of accession talks with Turkey. Wolfgang Schaeuble, the main spokesman on foreign policy in the Christian Democratic alliance, told the Bundestag parliament in Berlin that Turkey joining the EU would put political unity at risk. "You're making a serious mistake when you expand the European Union as a substitute for making it more profound," he told the government benches. The ruling Social Demo

28 October 2004

BERLIN - Germany's Christian Democrats attacked Thursday the European Union's expected proposal of accession talks with Turkey.

Wolfgang Schaeuble, the main spokesman on foreign policy in the Christian Democratic alliance, told the Bundestag parliament in Berlin that Turkey joining the EU would put political unity at risk.

"You're making a serious mistake when you expand the European Union as a substitute for making it more profound," he told the government benches. The ruling Social Democrats and Greens support Turkey's entry to the EU after a long preparation period.

Schaeuble advocated a scheme drafted by the Christian Democrats called "privileged partnership" with Turkey that would offer it many benefits without granting Ankara rights of membership.

But Gernot Erler, deputy head of the Social Democrat group, in parliament, denounced that idea as "deceptive packaging". He said Berlin's duty was to vote at the December summit for talks to be started with the objective of Turkey joining the EU.

Erler said the opportunities for good from having Turkey in the EU outweighed the risks of anything bad resulting.

DPA

Subject: German news

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