EU: Erdogan in Berlin, Europe needs Turkey

Premier asks Germany for more support in favour of adhesion

04 February, 14:29

    (ANSAmed) - BERLIN, FEBRUARY 4 - The EU needs Turkey, Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday during a visit to Berlin, asking Germany to show more support for Ankara in its adhesion process.

    The prime minister stressed in a speech held at the headquarters of the German Association of Foreign Policy that if Turkey needs the EU, the European Union also needs Turkey.

    Erdogan then highlighted progress made by his country, adding that Turkey's membership would help regional and world peace. He cited as an example historic and cultural relations with North Africa as an opportunity for the peace process in the Middle East.

    The premier then recalled that the country's economy has been steadily growing over the past few years as well as exports while unemployment has decreased.

    The country has a population of about 77 million inhabitants. It would be impossible to confront the 21st century without Turkey, he concluded. (ANSAmed)
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