German government: Turkey is not eligible to enter the European Union

A spokesman for the German government said the issue of Turkish accession to the EU would only be discussed after German elections were held on September 24, Sky News Arab reported.

The spokesman said that at this moment Turkey is not in any position to join the European Union.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday accused German politicians of indulging in what he called “populism” after Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would seek to end Ankara’s accession talks with the EU, but expressed his hope for improved strained relations.

For his part, Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for Erdogan, said in Twitter: “We hope that the difficult atmosphere that has made relations between Turkey and Germany a victim of this narrow political horizon.”

Merkel made the remarks, which showed a clear change in her attitude towards Turkey’s bid to join the EU membership during a televised debate on Sunday, ahead of Germany’s general election on Sept. 24.

Ziegmar Gabriel, Germany’s foreign minister, said earlier that Turkey would never become a member of the European Union as long as Erdogan ruled that he was not taking EU accession talks seriously.

“This is not because we do not want them, but because the Turkish government and Erdogan are running away from all that Europe is defending.”

On the other hand, the EU’s Minister of European Affairs Omar Glick said on Monday that any talk about ending his country’s negotiations to join the Union amounted to “aggression against the principles on which Europe was founded.”