Angela Merkel on Turkey

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All quotes by Angela Merkel on Turkey

I don't plan to break off diplomatic relations with Turkey because we have to outdo each other a little bit during the election campaign to see who is tougher.feedback

It is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the European Union.feedback

Given the latest events, perhaps it is necessary to rethink them ever further.feedback

I do not see a mandate to expand the customs union in the current circumstances.feedback

We must see how things develop but we are calling now, very clearly, for the release of those who are imprisoned. Several German citizens are being held in prison, which we believe is unjustified. We therefore decided to take a new direction in our policy towards Turkey. We cannot solve everything at once, but I believe to do nothing is wrong. We cannot simply shut ourselves off.feedback

However much I would like good relations with Poland, we cannot just stand by and say nothing for the sake of peace and quiet.feedback

With a view to the three million Turkish citizens in Germany we wish to have better ties with Turkey but it needs to coincide with the observance of constitutional principles and we do not see them in Turkey at the moment and that's why it is a very complicated phase in our relations.feedback

LOOK BEYOND OUR OWN BACKYARD. Europe has not yet done its homework. We will only be able to live in prosperity and security if we look beyond our own backyard and take into account the economic development of our neighbourhood. I would like to have better ties with Turkey but we have to look at reality... This is a very complicated phase in our relations. ...The rule of law in Poland - that's a serious issue because the requirements for cooperation within the European Union are the principles of the rule of law.feedback

It is not right and I'm very glad that Spain has now released him. We must not misuse international organizations like Interpol for such purposes. I still think my decision was right.feedback

We will not tolerate any kind of interference.feedback

We are firmly convinced that this arrest is absolutely unjustified. We, as the German government, condemn it. We declare our solidarity with him and all the others arrested. And the German government will do all it can, on all levels, to secure his release.feedback

We are strongly convinced that this arrest is absolutely unjustified.feedback

The time has come to talk very intensively about the relationship between the European Union and Turkey, but we must do that first among the 28 European Union members.feedback

The Turkish government must measure itself based on this report and answer the questions raised in it. We will very carefully follow how Turkey deals with reports of possible irregularities. We have to be smart and clear.feedback

We will follow very closely how Turkey deals with the reports. There is no question that the developments of the past weeks have strongly strained German-Turkish and European-Turkish relations.feedback

Apart from all the criticism we currently have for Turkey, they did a lot for the 3 million refugees and it is right that Europe would assist Turkey on this matter.feedback

My statement stands that the Nazi comparisons coming out of Turkey need to stop. No ifs or buts. Unfortunately these comparisons have not stopped and we will not allow the excuse that the end justifies the means, leading to each taboo being broken without consideration of the suffering of those that were persecuted and murdered under the Nazis.feedback

The Netherlands are our partners, friends, neighbours. Therefore I was very happy that a high turnout led to a very pro-European result, a clear signal. And that after days in which the Netherlands had to tolerate accusations and reproaches from Turkey which are totally unacceptable... It was a good day for democracy.feedback

We want to do everything in order to prevent conflicts emanating from the domestic situation in Turkey from being carried into our coexistence here. Let us continue, wherever possible, to promote and further improve our way of living together. This is a matter close to our hearts.feedback

There are profound differences of points of view between Germany and Turkey on the state of liberty of the press and opinion in Turkey, on the destiny of many more than a hundred journalists in prison – also the destiny of our compatriot, the journalist Deniz Yücel.feedback

Independent journalism must be able to exist. Journalists must be able to do their work, and that's why we are thinking tonight of Deniz Yücel, who sits in custody in Turkey and requires being set free.feedback

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