Germany is Turkey?s biggest trading partner in Europe. There are 3 million people of Turkish origin living in Germany. Turkey is a European Union applicant. And it has been nearly four years since a German chancellor set foot on Turkish soil. What could be more natural than for Angela Merkel to pay a neighborly call, one might think. But the official visit has not got off to a flying start, at least from a public relations point of view.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Ankara today. With Prime Minister Erdoğan she discussed EU accession talks and Turkish-German relations. Merkel also touched the topic of armament in Turkey and Greece. On Tuesday, she will continue her two-day visit in Istanbul.
from Global Voices Online by Raphael Tsavkko Garcia
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