Merkel wants EU to consider halting Turkish accession talks after vote
FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) for the upcoming general elections, gestures during an election rally in Ludwigshafen, Germany. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach By Madeline Chambers Published Septembrer 2017
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Turkey was fast abandoning the rule of law and vowed to push her EU partners to consider suspending or ending its accession talks at a meeting in October.
Less than three weeks before a German national election, she spelled out her intentions clearly to the Bundestag lower house of parliament after sharpening her rhetoric on Sunday and saying Turkey should not become an EU member.
Those comments, made in a televised debate with her Social Democrat (SPD) election rival, drew charges of populism from Ankara. It was the latest of a series of spats between Merkel and President Tayyip Erdogan over the last two years which has led to a serious deterioration in relations.
“Turkey is moving away from the path of the rule of law at a very fast speed,” Merkel said, adding her government would do everything it could to secure the release of Germans detained in Turkey, who Berlin says are innocent.
The Foreign Ministry said last week 12 German citizens, four of them with dual citizenship, had been detained in Turkey on political charges. One has since been released.
The ministry updated its travel advice on Tuesday and said that “incomprehensible” arrests were taking place all over Turkey, including regions frequented by tourists.
Venting her growing frustration, Merkel said a rethink of Germany’s and the EU’s relations with Turkey was needed.
“We will also – and I will suggest this takes place at the EU meeting in October – discuss future relations with Turkey, including the question of suspending or ending talks on accession,” she said.
Disquiet in Nato as Turkey and Russia inch closer to arms deal
Russian S-400 Triumph medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems riding through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow in May.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 4, 2017, 5:00 AM SGT
ISTANBUL • Turkey and Russia are inching towards an accord for the first major Turkish weapons purchase from Moscow, troubling Ankara’s allies in Nato even though the deal may not ultimately materialise.
According to Turkish and Russian officials, all preparations have been made for the purchase of a sophisticated S-400 missile defence system, Ankara’s most significant accord with a non-Nato supplier.
But despite confident claims, the deal has yet to be officially inked. Analysts remain sceptical over whether Turkey will take delivery of the surface-to-air missile defence batteries. Some argue that the message sent to the West matters more than the actual purchase.
The Pentagon has sounded alarm, saying bluntly that “generally it’s a good idea” for Nato allies to buy inter-operable equipment.
But President Recep Tayyip Erdogan boasted: “God willing, we will see the S-400s in our country.”
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While these news items may seem very strange for Turkey, a country that is a current member of NATO and a country that has been involved with Europe to the extent that Turkey has, the fact is that Turkey will never be a member of the EU and will withdraw from NATO exactly as Bible Students expect to see. So keep watching this development with Turkey as she moves closer in her ties to Russia. Based on Bible Prophecy that Turkey will be with Russia and Europe when they invade the Middle East as described in Ezekiel 38. We fully expect to see Russia become more closely linked to Europe militarily whereby Russia will become a “guard” unto the European Nations according to Ezekiel 38:7.
Also Ezekiel 38:6 says that “Gomer (France), and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (Turkey) of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.”
So somehow Turkey will be involved with Russia and it’s Army and the move into the Middle East.
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