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BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she supports broadening talks soon on Turkey joining the European Union, though she remains skeptical about whether it should be admitted and won’t put a time limit on the process.
Merkel also prodded visiting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan about judicial independence, addressing concerns raised by the country’s handling of a corruption scandal that has targeted people close to the Turkish leader.
Turkey’s talks on joining the 28-nation EU began in 2005 but are barely moving — mainly due to Turkey’s dispute with EU member Cyprus and unease among some in the bloc about admitting a populous, largely Muslim country.