Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

In shift, Merkel backs end to EU-Turkey membership talks

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Christy Curtis | 04 September, 2017, 07:50

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday urged tougher European Union sanctions against North Korea, saying Pyongyang has "reached a new dimension of provocation" with its latest nuclear test.

On the other hand, viewers said Schulz's arguments sounded more aggressive and closer to the people.

Merkel said she did not want to break Germany's ties with Turkey or cease Turkey's opportunity to join the European Union, as at least 50 per cent Turkish people hope to join.

Merkel's CDU party and Bavarian CSU allies hold a 17-percentage point lead over Schulz's SPD ahead of the September 24 national election.

Merkel argued that the cease of the accession talks with Turkey can only be decided in the concert of the European Union states.

In their exchange on Trump and North Korea, Schulz accused the US president of "bringing the world to the brink of crisis with his tweets" and said Germany should work with its European partners, Canada, Mexico and Trump's domestic USA opponents.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed during a phone call "that North Korea has trampled on worldwide law and that the global community must therefore react with determination against this new escalation", the chancellery said in a statement.

"I don't think that one can solve this conflict without the American President", she said.

Her show of experience appeared to work with voters.

"That is what being chancellor is about", Merkel said. More than half of viewers, 55 percent, named Merkel the victor, according to an ARD poll.

Much of the debate was taken up with the issue of migrants, with Merkel saying she stood by her decision to allow hundreds of thousands of refugees into Germany in 2015 and insisted the country can't isolate itself from the effects of wars and poverty elsewhere in the world.

However, Mrs Merkel returned to the issue later on in the debate, making a u-turn by promising to end the negotiations. Merkel shot back: "We had a very dramatic situation then".

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