German Parties Say EU May Not Be Able To Let Turkey Join

wochit politics
November 19, 2013 AT 5:23 AM
The European Union may not be able to accept Turkey as a member, German parties negotiating a coalition government have said, while making clear the EU's "privileged relationship" with Ankara should be developed further. In a paper on foreign policy, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats describe EU membership talks with Turkey as "open-ended". The wording is slightly tougher than the language in a 2005 coalition contract between the parties. That document, put together shortly after EU membership talks with Turkey began, said Germany had a "special interest" in deepening ties with Turkey and linking it to the EU, without explicitly supporting or rejecting full membership.