Turkish government is moving away from ‘everything that Europe stands for’ German FM
In an interview with the Bild newspaper, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has said that Turkey will never be a member of the European Union as long as it is governed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“It is clear that in this state, Turkey will never become a member of the EU,” Gabriel said. “It’s not because we don’t want them but because the Turkish government and Erdogan are moving fast away from everything that Europe stands for.”
Erdogan’s crackdown on opponents before and after a failed military coup against him in July last year drew criticisms from EU. Turkey remains a candidate for membership but accession talks are on a stalemate.
European Union fears that Erdogan’s victory in a tightly fought referendum in April are distancing Turkey from democratic principles.
Erdogan has urged the German Turks to boycott next month’s general election. Germany is home to an estimated 4 million Turks many of whom can vote in the September 24th Federal elections.
Relations between the two NATO-allies have also been strained by the arrest of a several German-Turkish activists in Turkey.