Turkey could not become a member of the European Union “because it does not have the support of European public opinion and is moving away from the values of the Union,” Manfred Weber, the chairman of the EPP parliamentary group in the European Parliament and the leader of the European People’s Party for the upcoming European Parliament elections, said in an interview with “Le Monde”.
Asked about the first decisions he would take as President of the Commission, Weber stressed that he would end the accession negotiations with Turkey. “I will go to Ankara to propose to have closer economic relationship, educational exchanges, to keep on fighting to together against terrorism, etc.” But this country can not become a member of the Union because it does not have the support of European public opinion and Turkey is moving away from the values of the Union.”
The European right-wing candidate also argued for border control and called for the solidarity of the countries of Eastern Europe on migration issues. “It is time to apply two principles: First, very strict border control – I support the Bulgarian prime minister when he talks about the need to build a wall between his country and Turkey.