Germany to veto EU-Turkey Customs Union review

Elias Hubbard
September 2, 2017

"That's why we need to react decisively here", she said, adding that the government would "perhaps have to rethink" its relations with Turkey.

'Our demand for Turkey is clear: We expect the German citizens to be freed, ' says Berlin.

"On 31 August, two German nationals were detained in Turkey for political reasons", foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr said, adding that news of the arrests was confirmed not by Ankara but by Anatolia airport police.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, poised to win a fourth term as leader of Europe's largest economy, has a secret wish: to host her own television talk show.

Adebahr said Friday German officials haven't yet been allowed to speak by phone with the detainees.

Twelve German citizens are now in Turkish detention on political charges.

The election manifesto for the Greens, who now have 63 out of 630 seats in the Bundestag, has said: "We welcome openly and with understanding the wishes of the Scots and Northern Irish, as well as the many people in the United Kingdom. who want to remain in the EU".

Regional newspapers Stuttgarter Zeitung and Stuttgarter Nachrichten said the volume of the fund, which is to be used to build more charging stations for electric cars and for switching to electric buses among other things, was likely to be doubled as long as Germany's federal states bear some of the costs. "I do not see a mandate to expand the Customs Union in the current circumstances", the German Chancellor said.In July Germany issued a travel warning for citizens and business traveling to Turkey, warning that the country was not entirely safe.

There are calls for Berlin to issue a formal travel warning for Germans heading to Turkey.

Social Democrat Martin Schulz, Merkel's main challenger in September 24 elections, and other German politicians urged Berlin to issue a formal travel warning for Germans heading to Turkey.

Jürgen Hardt, a senior member of Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), told Die Welt newspaper that a further tightening of the travel guidance "should be seriously considered".

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