Germany confirms and condemns Turkish political exploitation of refugees at Greek border

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel was critical of Turkey over the migrant crisis during a parliamentary session on Wednesday.

The Chancellor said events that took place at the borders of Greece and Turkey in Evros earlier in the year, with Turkey using refugees to carry out its politics, “must not be allowed to happen again.”

Responding to a question by a Greens MP, Merkel said that the EU needs a cohesive strategy in its relations with Turkey, which must on the other hand also be criticised for its human rights record and for the additional fact that it is drilling off Greece and Cyprus.

Talks among involved parties must restart, she said, with the involvement of France as well.

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