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Macron: EU must avoid rupture with Turkey

The European Union must avoid any break in relations with Turkey, an "essential" partner on migration and terror issues, French President Emmanuel Macron said while beginning a two-day visit to Greece on Thursday.

Macron: EU must avoid rupture with Turkey
“I wish to avoid a rupture because (Turkey) is an essential partner in many crises we jointly face, specifically the migration challenge and the terrorist threat,” Macron told the Kathimerini newspaper.
   
The 39-year-old centrist acknowledged that Ankara had “objectively distanced itself” from the EU in recent months with “alarming deviations that cannot remain without consequence.”
   
He cited Turkey's desire to enter into a customs union with the EU as a possible area of retaliation.
   
In the wake of an attempted army coup against him last year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pursued a crackdown on opponents in which thousands of people have been arrested or dismissed from their jobs.
   
A dozen German journalists and activists have also been arrested, fraying relations with Berlin.
   
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said over the weekend that she would ask the European Union to call off membership talks with Turkey, adding that “I don't see them ever joining”.
   
Macron said Thursday that he remained in “very regular contact” with Erdogan.
   
The EU and Turkey last year entered into an agreement which helped stem the flow of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants into Greece.
   
Ankara has threatened to rescind the deal at times when tensions have flared with Brussels over concerns of human rights abuses.
   
Macron was to hold talks later Thursday with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
   
He is also scheduled to deliver a speech in the evening at the Pnyx, the hill opposite the Acropolis that served as Athens's parliament in antiquity.

EMMANUEL MACRON

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

French president Emmanuel Macron will make a live TV broadcast to the nation about the war in Ukraine.

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

Macron will be on TV on Wednesday at 8pm, the Elysée confirmed earlier on Wednesday.

Macron also tweeted the announcement, saying that his speech will be on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

His office added that the president’s speech “will not touch on other matters” – Macron has only until Friday to confirm whether or not he is running for re-election.

It is widely considered to be extremely unlikely that he would not stand in the April elections, but all candidates have until Friday, March 4th, to make their declaration.

Macron’s team had previously announced a rally in Marseille on Saturday, March 5th, which was expected to be the first official campaign event, but on Tuesday this was cancelled because of the ongoing international crisis.

Macron was at the forefront of international efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and since Russia invaded Ukraine he has remained in close contact with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and has also spoken – at the request of Zelensky – to Russian premier Vladimir Putin.

 
The Local will be following Macron’s speech live from 8pm HERE.
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