No place for Turkey in EU, German FM

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in a radio interview on Friday that the EU should halt accession talks with Turkey because of Ankara’s human rights violations.

“We cannot hold accession negotiations with a country which violates human rights, which violates freedom of press, which sends citizens of the EU to prison without any clear reason,” Gabriel told SWR broadcaster.

Gabriel added that the EU could develop a “new form of cooperation” during negotiations about Britain’s departure from the bloc and that this model could also be a blueprint for other countries like Turkey.