Merkel: EU must fulfill obligations under refugee deal with Turkey
German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced support for reducing EU funds that are being channeled to Turkey as part of its drive to join the bloc.
"In terms of our democratic values, developments in Turkey have been very negative. Not only are Germans being arrested, but the entire rule of law in Turkey is moving in the wrong direction. We are very worried about this. And I will back a reduction in pre-accession funds," the chancellor said at the start of an EU summit.
"I will also make clear that Turkey is doing a great job on the refugees and that we have obligations under the EU-Turkey deal. We have promised 3 billion euros for the coming years in addition to the 3 billion that we have already committed. We need to deliver on this promise," Reuters cited Merkel as saying.