Merkel pledges to solve neo-Nazi murders
In a written interview with the Hurriyet daily, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged that Germany will do what is necessary to deliver justice in the case of the neo-Nazi killings of 10 people, including eight Turks, one Greek national and a German policewoman. Merkel also promised that Germany would fight the racist feelings that led to these murders. "I am assuring you that the German rule of law will do what is necessary to shed light on this case in every dimension and to penalize the criminals with the punishments they deserve. In parallel, we should decisively fight against the grudges and racism that paved the way for such murders," Merkel noted. When asked how long Turkey will have to wait to be part of the EU, Merkel reiterated that Turkey's indiscriminate implementation of the Ankara Protocol for "every EU member state," including the Greek Cypriot administration, would make for landmark progress in its EU bid.