September 1, 2017 / 3:48 PM / 10 months ago

Merkel - Germany must react decisively to latest detentions in Turkey

NUREMBERG, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday sharply criticised Turkey’s detention of two further German citizens, saying Berlin should react decisively and perhaps rethink its relations with Ankara.

FILE PHOTO - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) for the upcoming general elections, gives a speech during an election rally in Ludwigshafen, Germany, August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Under the circumstances, Merkel said she did not think it was appropriate to carry out further discussions with Ankara about its participation in a European Union customs union.

“We must react decisively,” Merkel told a business event in the southern city of Nuremberg. Given the latest events, she said it was “perhaps necessary to rethink” relations with Ankara.

A government spokeswoman told reporters earlier on Friday that two German citizens had been detained in Turkey for what Berlin believes are “political” reasons.

Reporting by Reuters TV and Andrea Shalal; Editing by Paul Carrel

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