German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a press conference at the European Union summit at the European Council headquarters on March 26 in Brussels. Turkey on Saturday snubbed Merkel’s proposal for its “privileged partnership” with the EU, saying such a status was non-existent in the bloc it is trying to join.
Maybe she secretly loves doner however Merkel said she would insist on a “privileged partnership” for Turkey instead of EU membership during her visit. “There are intertwined relations between Turkey and the EU. There are 35 chapters in the (membership) talks. I am confident that 27-28 of them can be taken up and this will really mean a privileged partnership.” She also stressed that Turkey’s accession negotiations remained “open-ended” without guaranteeing an ultimate membership for Turkey.
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, and his deputy Bulent Arinc, right, seen with Bedros Sirinoglu, leader of Turkey’s Armenian community, during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, March 26, 2010. (AP PHOTO/Adem Altan, Pool)
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Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) and his wife Sare (C) visit the memorial room of the father of modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Bitola March 25, 2010.
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