Turkey a dangerous election issue - Schroeder

13th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

13 September 2005, BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder spoke out Tuesday against using the issue of Turkey's application to join the European Union for electoral gain in the German election campaign. Schroeder warned against "cultural conflict" over the issue, during a visit to the German headquarters of the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. Angela Merkel, the conservative candidate challenging Schroeder in Sunday's election, has made clear she does not want Turkey in the E.U. as a full member, holding

13 September 2005

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder spoke out Tuesday against using the issue of Turkey's application to join the European Union for electoral gain in the German election campaign.

Schroeder warned against "cultural conflict" over the issue, during a visit to the German headquarters of the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.

Angela Merkel, the conservative candidate challenging Schroeder in Sunday's election, has made clear she does not want Turkey in the E.U. as a full member, holding out instead the prospect of a "privileged partnership".

Schroeder backs Turkish membership on geopolitical and strategic grounds, provided Ankara fulfils the requirements.

Formal negotiations are set to begin in October.

DPA

Subject: German news

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