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German finance minister says row with Turkey makes economic aid difficult
March 12, 2017 / 4:54 PM / 8 months ago

German finance minister says row with Turkey makes economic aid difficult

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Sunday it was difficult to continue working with Turkey on economic aid because of the row over Turkish ministers campaigning in EU countries and the arrest of a German-Turkish journalist in Turkey.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, February 22, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

“In these circumstances it is of course extremely difficult to continue working on that,” he told Germany’s ZDF public broadcaster. “We don’t want to escalate it, everyone in the German government is agreed, we only want Turkey to return to reason.”

Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Andrew Roche

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