Merkel reportedly asked Schroeder that he confer with her and the CDU regarding foreign policy matters until the CDU officially takes over, a request to which Schroeder responded: "The decisions which I make over the next few weeks will have no effect over the new government. Otherwise, I would consult with you."
Merkel: Your statements went too far
Merkel then focused in on Schroeder's last week visit to Istanbul, where he joined PM Erdogan and more than a thousand guests for a widely covered Ramazan iftar meal: "In your last week's speech in Istanbul, you said that the goal of Turkey's EU accession talks was 'full membership,' and then noted that the 'privileged partnership' issue had been dealt with. These statements went too far."
The clear dissent between outgoing Schroeder and incoming Merkel on the question of official German stance towards Turkey and the recently started EU accession talks is causing tension in the ongoing coalition talks between Merkel's CDU and Schroeder's SPD parties.