Merkel has reservations for Turkey’s integration to the EU

Merkel has reservations for Turkey’s integration to the EU


Gulen demands compensation from Erdogan.

By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara

Angela Merkel warned Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey’s EU integration negotiations do not necessarily lead to full integration. In a meeting in Berlin between the German Chancellor and the Turkish Prime Minister, Merkel stressed that “the negotiations for Turkey’s EU integration course have an open outcome and no timetable”.

Merkel, however, pointed out that she is satisfied with the opening of the chapter 22 for the regional policy, while at the same time stressed that she believes the difficulties for the opening of chapters 23 and 24 will be overcome. Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the Republic of Cyprus (He referred to the Republic of Cyprus as Southern Cyprus) sets obstacles for the opening of the said chapters that concern Justice among other subjects.

Erdogan and Merkel stated that they agree in many issues, such as “energy security”.

The German Chancellor did not speak in a harsh tone regarding the developments in Turkey, pointing out that “each country walks the road that leads to democracy with its own internal strengths. I have expressed to Erdogan my opinion, regarding what happened in Gezi park and the freedom of protests”, she pointed out.

Erdogan reported that “the local elections that will take place this March in Turkey are crucial for the government”. He didn’t miss out on the opportunity to remind that the Turks represent the largest community in Germany.

The Turkish Prime Minister, in his speech to the German Society for Foreign Policy, stressed that “EU needs Turkey more than Turkey needs EU”. He also maintained that the developments in Syria and Egypt demonstrate Turkey’s strength.

At the same time, in Turkey, 23 of the prime minister’s office security personnel were dismissed in an continuation of the “clean up” that the government has initiated in the last few weeks in the country.

Among the dismissed security personnel are some who were beside the Turkish Prime Minister on a daily basis. According to the turkish Press, the reason for their dismissal is linked to the case of the bugs that that had been found in Erdogan’s office. Erdogan has accused Gulen’s order many times for having been monitoring the government officials using all means possible in order to “frame” them.

Gulen demands compensation from Erdogan.

Fethullah Gulen has referred to justice against Erdogan and asks for 100.000 turkish lira (€34,000) as compensation for malicious slander. The Turkish Prime Minister accuses Gulen’s order that it has prepared a conspiracy to overthrow the government. Gulen, who resides in the US, through his lawyers claims that all the charges have nothing to do with reality.

The turkish Defense is being upgraded.

The turkish Air Force has received the first early warning aircraft, which significantly upgrades the country’s airspace control. The aircraft AEW&C was manufactured by Boeing and will officially join the country’s Air Force on February 21, when all tests will have been completed.

The turkish program of early warning aircrafts, that costs €1,1 bn, includes the delivery of 4 early warning aircrafts from Boeing. The US company has agreed to compensate Ankara for the delay in the delivery, since the project contract had been signed in 2003 and foresaw the beginning of the aircraft delivery to the turkish Air Force in 2008.