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Turks won't get EU visa waiver before 2017: Bild newspaper

The German government does not expect Turks to get visa-free entry into the European Union before 2017 because Ankara will not fulfill the conditions for that by the end of this year, newspaper Bild cited sources in Berlin as saying on Monday.

Michelle Martin reports for Reuters: The visa liberalization issue is actual for Turkey and the EU in order to stop the flow of illegal migrants. In March,  some parts of it were agreed. The EU is planning to miss the deadline at the end of June because of dispute on Turkish anti-terrorism law.

The German government spokesman could not immediately comment the report. 

The EU`s requirements for the visa-free travel have already been met, according to the statement of the Turkish government. 

Two-thirds of Germans don`t agree with this deal what shows that Angela Merkel is loosing her popularity. Answering the question in a Forsa poll for German newspaper Handelsblatt  "Do you think Merkel's Turkey politics are right?" 31 percent said 'yes' while 59 percent said 'no'.

Today 47% of Germans want Angela Merkel to leave her post while only 44% want her to remain after 2017 election. 

The point is that some German politicians think that migrants can solve a problem of labor shortage in Germany while the majority of citizens think otherwise:
38% support this idea versus 56% against. 

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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