ANKARA (Reuters) – After forming a new coalition with a more pro-Ankara ally, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is unlikely to try to block the progress of Ankara’s EU bid despite opposing full Turkish membership, Turkish analysts say.
Merkel, who has long favored a ‘privileged partnership’ for predominantly Muslim Turkey that stops short of full EU membership, led her conservative Christian Democrats to win a parliamentary majority on Sunday and has said she will form a coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP).
The results of European Parliament election have caused deep concern in European Union candidate Turkey, where gains made by conservatives and some far-right parties have been read as a clear win by the “No to Turkey” camp” and thus a blow to Ankara’s already troubled EU membership quest.
Trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan dismissed the vote as a “futile effort by those who cannot digest Turkey’s enormity and strategic importance”. He said politicians who vilified Turkey to win votes in the short term would be judged by history.