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Turks won’t get EU visa waiver before 2017 – Bild newspaper

A woman adjusts the Turkish flag next to the EU flag in Brussels

The German government does not expect Turks to get visa-free entry into the European Union before 2017 because Ankara will not fulfil the conditions for that by the end of this year, newspaper Bild cited sources in Berlin as saying on Monday.

Turkey and the EU have been discussing visa liberalisation since 2013 and agreed in March to press ahead with it as part of a deal to stop the flow of illegal migrants from Turkey to the EU. EU officials and diplomats say the EU is set to miss an end-June deadline due to a dispute over Turkish anti-terrorism law.

A spokeswoman for the German government could not immediately comment on the report.

Turkey‘s government says it has already met the EU’s criteria for visa-free travel.

A Forsa poll for German newspaper Handelsblatt showed that almost two-thirds of Germans disagree with the EU-Turkey deal that Chancellor Angela Merkel spearheaded efforts to secure as her popularity waned due to her liberal migrant policy.

Asked in a Forsa poll for German newspaper Handelsblatt “Do you think Merkel’s Turkey politics are right?” 59 per cent said ‘no’ while 31 per cent said ‘yes’.

The survey showed that 44 per cent of Germans want Merkel to remain chancellor after a 2017 national election while 47 percent do not.

While some politicians have suggested the influx of migrants could be a solution to a skilled labour shortage in Germany, most Germans are not convinced: asked whether they thought the majority of refugees could be integrated into the German labour market, 56 per cent said ‘no’ and 38 per cent ‘yes’.

The poll of 1,002 people was carried out on May 17-18.

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