BERLIN Nov 30 German Chancellor Angela Merkel's
government is sticking to its position that now is not the time
for the European Union to start discussing any new policy areas
with Turkey in its talks to join the bloc, a government
spokesman said on Wednesday.
"Chancellor Merkel's position on the accession talks has not
changed," spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters when asked
about a newspaper report that suggested Merkel wanted to stop
talks with Turkey altogether.
"The EU and Turkey have been negotiating for years without
determining the result in advance. Under the current
circumstances, the opening of further negotiating chapters is
not conceivable," Seibert added.
(Reporting by Madeline Chambers, Michelle Martin, Sabine