Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan asked visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday to help Turkey if its bid for EU membership becomes deadlocked, most probably because of a dispute with Cyprus.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R), accompanied by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, (2nd R) breaks a cigarette after talking to a Turkish woman (L) after the Turkish-German Business Forum at the Ottoman-era Ciragan Palace in Istanbul March 30, 2010. Erdogan, who is leading the anti-smoking campaign in Turkey, advised the woman to give her up smoking.REUTERS/Engin Cepel/Handou
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan arrive for a news conference in Ankara March 29, 2010. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
By Ralf Beste and Daniel Steinvorth in Ankara and Daryl Lindsey in Berlin
Chancellor Merkel?s meeting with Prime Minister Erdogan in Ankara on Monday was anything but harmonious. Merkel may have attempted to smile the troubles away, but the rift between Germany and EU-candidate Turkey is growing. Commentators say Germany must finally provide an honest answer to Ankara: Yes or no.
BITTE LERNT DEUTSCH! Learn German” says Minister of State Böhmer and CELEBRITIES LAUNCH NEW INTEGRATED CAMPAIGN. “Out with it. Get in the life “- with this slogan and with the newly established” Germany Integration Foundation will help new immigrants find their way in Germany and as quickly as possible and learn the German language. Here are the two Turkish faces from this campaign: Ozcan Mutlu,  Politician and Nilgun Kayapinar, Graphic designer.
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WASHINGTON ? The Turkey that German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits this week is a very different place from the Turkey that began European Union accession talks five years ago. For, with those talks seemingly going nowhere, Turkey has begun to broaden its international horizons. Indeed, Turkish foreign policy is now far more proactive and multidimensional than at any period since Kemal Ataturk …
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany paid a two-day visit to Turkey amid rising tension that was born of her refusal of Turkey?s full membership in the EU and her Turkish counterpart?s bold answers, such as accusing her of ?harboring hatred toward Turks.?
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?s remarks prior to German Chancellor Angela Merkel?s visit to Turkey, calling for the establishment of Turkish high schools in Germany, was one of the most important agenda items during the chancellor?s two-day visit.
Statements made before Chancellor Angela Merkel?s visit to Turkey have created the impression that there were numerous disagreements between the two countries. In fact, the basic bilateral problem is nothing other than Germany?s negative attitude toward Turkey?s accession to the European Union.
Last week Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Ali Babacan visited Brussels. It was his first trip to the EU capital in some time, as since taking on his new position, he spends most of his time in Ankara.
Egemen Bagis is the current Minister for EU Affairs and is chief negotiator for Turkey in its attempts to get into the EU. He has a difficult mission: it will have taken 50 years of negotiations for Turkey, if accepted, to achieve full EU membership.
For decades, Turkey has been shaped by the west ? culturally, politically and commercially. Now the Islamist government is revitalising the economy and re-engaging with eastern neighbours Prosperity is making it a force to be reckoned with on the international stage, says Jonathan Head.
The shift in Turkey?s foreign policy orientation towards the Middle East has raised fears that the country could turn away from the West. In his essay, Hüseyin Bagci, professor of international politics at the Technical University of Ankara, explains that despite appearances, the USA and the EU remain Turkey?s most important partners