"Turkey should be strongly attached to Europe no matter the circumstances are," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during a panel held at German MFA within the framework of the "10th European Forum".
Replying to a question on whether supporting Turkey's EU membership would be beneficial or not, Merkel noted that Turkey should be attached to Europe more tightly whatever the final decision regarding its membership would be.
Pointing to the remarkable changes in Turkey during the last 5 years, Merkel said, "look at the economic developments, reforms and amendments in laws in Turkey. On the other hand, Turkish government and parliament took into consideration and acted according to the decision of the Turkish Constitutional Court. This is the rule of democracy".
Underscoring that Turkey's move towards Europe mainly depended on Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic, so far, Merkel said this brought a quite strict understanding of secularism as well.
Moreover, Merkel stated that 3 more chapters could be opened in Turkey-EU negotiations during Germany's EU term presidency, in accordance with the additional protocol of the Ankara agreement.
European Parliament Social Democrat Party Group President Martin Schulz said on Wednesday that Turkey should become a full member of the EU since it will constitute a sample for Islam countries.
Speaking at a panel discussion in German capital city of Berlin on the occasion of the 10th Europe Forum, Schulz said that Turkey's membership to the EU would show that the Islam and secularism could co-exist.
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