German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Turkey plays a central role for the European Union in the fight against illegal immigration into Europe.
The newspaper Jüdische Allgemeine published the German chancellor’s statements on Turkey during her visit to the Institute for National Security Studies in Jerusalem. To a question about Turkey, Angela Merkel replied, “You cannot ignore Turkey. Turkey, a NATO member, plays a central role for the EU in combating illegal immigration into Europe. Turkey has great goals and there are many disappointments in the relationship. Although positions differ on key issues, it is always necessary to find pragmatic agreements. We need to continue the dialogue.”