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Der Spiegel: Turkey «door to EU accession finally closed»

German politics has reacted to the outcome of the referendum in Turkey in different ways: if the Federal government expressed with restraint, the deputies of the ruling coalition picked up a hard word, writes the correspondent of Der Spiegel.

Turkish referendum has renewed debate on Turkey’s accession to the EU. For example, the Minister of foreign Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, believes that it is still possible, but if Erdogan «will implement its demand to return the death penalty, it will be the end of the dream about Europe». The Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on foreign Affairs Norbert röttgen made «for the cancellation of the talks with the possibility of renewal», the correspondent.

However, not all representatives of the Social democratic party of Germany (SPD) and the Christian democratic Union (CDU) was so diplomatically said later. The head of the SPD parliamentary group, Thomas Oppermann called the referendum «a bad result for Europe and for Turkey»: «Their actions against political opponents after the attempted coup, Erdogan said goodbye to the approval from Europe. Moreover, a referendum gives him even more autocratic government.»

«From now on the door for entry into the European Union finally closed, and in the provision of financial assistance to Turkey for its approximation to the European standards was no longer necessary», – said Deputy head of the CDU Julia Kleckner the Huffington Post. The head of the Free democratic party (FDP) Christian Lindner also believes that «a country with such a Constitution would be contrary to European values».

In turn, the German «Left» and «Green» demanded to reach conclusions on cooperation with Turkey in the military sphere: in their opinion, Germany should withdraw all German troops from the Turkish air base in Incirlik and stop all arms sales to the partner in NATO, the article says.

Der Spiegel: Turkey «door to EU accession finally closed» 18.04.2017

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