Turkey warns Germany of consequences over EU stance

21st June 2013, Comments 0 comments

Turkey warned Germany Friday it would face consequences if Chancellor Angela Merkel did not lift reservations over European Union membership talks with Ankara.

"I hope she corrects the mistake she has made by Monday... or this will lead to reactions," Turkey's EU minister Egemen Bagis told reporters referring to a decision expected out of Brussels next week.

Bagis said that Merkel's reluctance over the opening of a new chapter in Turkey's accession talks, which would have been the first in years, was a "cheap" political ploy linked to the German elections slated for September.

His comments came as Berlin summoned the Turkish ambassador over his earlier swings at the chancellor, which a German foreign ministry spokesman dubbed "unacceptable."

"Merkel should consider the benefit of some 4,000 German businesses in Turkey when she vents like that," Bagis told reporters earlier this week.

"She should consider the sensitivities of more than three million Turks living in Germany," he added.

© 2013 AFP

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