Martin Schulz, the Social Democrats’ nominee for Germany’s Chancellor, has asked Angela Merkel to stand firm in commitments to the rule of law during her visit on Thursday to Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In his speech, Schulz said “Germany should clearly state to its NATO partner: ‘We are committed to respecting the rule of law in Turkey, fair trial, freedom of the press and the protection of fundamental rights.'”
Schulz, the prospective chairman of the Social Democratic Party, said Merkel should “relay two messages” during her visit to Turkey: “Turkey has accepted the most refugees. However, this does not justify the worrying developments regarding the rule of law.”
Martin Schulz, however, pointed out that negotiations regarding Turkey’s accession to the European Union should continue. “We need to have a dialogue with Turkey. Mr. Erdogan is the president, but he is not Turkey,” he stated.
Schulz also added that “many people who defend the liberal constitution in Turkey believe in Germany and the European Union, and we don’t want to leave them in a difficult situation.”
Çeviren: Alim Kahraman
Editor: Leyla Magdalena Amur