Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that a "smart" Brexit deal may serve as a model for relations with other non-EU states. However, the situation in Turkey must improve before it can enjoy closer ties, he said. This was reported by the DW agency.
Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel proposed on Tuesday that the European Union's upcoming Brexit deal with the UK could serve as a template for relations with other non-EU states, namely Turkey and Ukraine.
Gabriel told Germany's Funke media group: "If we can reach a smart agreement with Great Britain that outlines its relations with Europe after Brexit, then that could serve as a model for other countries."
Berlin's top diplomat added that he could not see either Turkey or Ukraine joining the bloc anytime soon, and that the EU therefore "needs to consider alternative forms of closer cooperation."
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