Most Germans regard Turkey as “untrustworthy” partner for EU, poll reveals

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A recent opinion poll by TNS Emnid has revealed that majority of Germans regard Turkey as an untrustworthy partner for the European Union (EU).

According to the poll, while 85 percent of Germans think Turkey cannot be a trustworthy partner for EU, only 9 percent of them think the opposite.

The poll also revealed that 59 percent of Germans think Chancellor Angela Merkel should not trust Turkey for solving the refugee crisis.

31 percent of Germans hold forth that the refugee deal between Turkey and EU is the right way to approach the situation.

When asked about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, 83 percent of the participants said they do not regard him as a democrat, while 8 percent of them said they think the opposite.

About the visa-free travel to Europe the EU promises to grant Turkey, 56 percent of the participants say it should not happen even if Turkey meets all the criteria. Those who think Turkey should be granted visa-free travel to Europe compose 37 percent of the participants.

The March 18 agreement between Turkey and the EU sets out measures for reducing Europe’s worst migration crisis since World War II, including stepped-up checks by Turkey and the shipping back to Turkish territory of migrants who arrive in Greece.

In return, Turkey is slated to receive benefits including visa-free travel for its citizens to Europe, which in the accord is promised “at the latest” by June 2016. Turkey is also to receive up to the end of 2018 a total of six billion euros in financial aid for the over 2.7 million Syrian refugees it is hosting.

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