Schroeder, Chirac meet on Iraq, Turkey, EU

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1 October 2004 , STRASBOURG - French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Friday began talks in the city of Strasbourg that are to touch on the situation in Iraq, Turkey's membership in the EU and the situation in the Mideast. The meeting is part of the so-called Blaesheim consultations, inaugurated in 2001 to give new impetus to Franco-German relations. Of all the issues the two leaders will discuss, the most sensitive may be that of Turkey's eventual membership in the Euro

1 October 2004  

STRASBOURG - French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Friday began talks in the city of Strasbourg that are to touch on the situation in Iraq, Turkey's membership in the EU and the situation in the Mideast.

The meeting is part of the so-called Blaesheim consultations, inaugurated in 2001 to give new impetus to Franco-German relations.

Of all the issues the two leaders will discuss, the most sensitive may be that of Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union, a question that has proved divisive in both countries, although both leaders have come out in favour of Ankara's joining the EU.

In France, Finance Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and Foreign Minister Michel Barnier have urged that a nationwide referendum be held on the issue, while a recent poll showed a substantial majority of French adults against having Turkey in the Union.

Other pressing issues on the agenda are the planned international conference on Iraq, the continuing violence in the Mideast as well as the short-term financing of the EU.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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