German FM pledges to support Turkey’s EU bid

Diverging from the stance of Chancellor Merkel, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle pledged his full support Wednesday to Turkey’s EU accession bid. Underscoring that Turkey’s “direction is [toward] Europe,” Westerwelle told a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoğlu, that developing relations with Turkey and its joining the European Union are of key importance to Germany.

Westerwelle`s statement of support for Turkey`s eventual EU membership is good news for Turkey but would appear to have no near-term practical effect. It simply lays bare the fact that on this key policy issue, Germany’s coalition government remains split.

Source: Hurriyet Daily

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