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IF CDU COMES TO POWER IN GERMANY, TURKEY-EU TALKS MAY NEVER BEGIN


26.05.2005 03:23

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ In case the Christian Democrats Union (CDU) in cooperation
with the Free Democrat Party comes to power in Germany, the talks over the
accession of Turkey to the European Union may even not begin, reported
Regnum news agency. As stated by CDU member, Chairman of the Parliamentary
Commission for EU Affairs Matthias Wissman, his party soon intends to
publish a report on the electoral campaign, which will also show the
position over Turkey's membership in the EU. The report will note that in
case the CDU wins the autumn election (September 18) and in case the
referendums in France and Netherlands have negative outcomes, it is very
possible for the talks with Turkey scheduled October 3, 2005 to be
postponed. It should be reminded that earlier CDU President Angela Merkel
suggested `privileged membership' to Turkey instead of full membership. This
position will be made a reality in case the Union wins. In case of a victory
Angela Merkel may become the first female Chancellor of Germany. It should
be noted that the CDU has initiated the consideration of a resolution
referring to the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey in 1915 in the
Bundestag. It should also be noted that at the election of the landtag of
the North Rhein-Westfalia Christian Democrats celebrated a convincing
victory, gaining the majority in the land parliament in 1975. Thus, the
liberal conservative coalition of the Christian Democrats and Liberals forms
the parliamentary majority in the largest FRG land.