Germany is Turkey’s largest trading partner. So many in Turkey find Berlin’s opposition to EU membership for Ankara hard to stomach. But as the Turkish economy continues to prosper, many are asking who needs the EU.
Later this month, the EU and Canada will ink a trade deal that is seen as a template for a similar pact between the EU and the US. While Germany has criticized parts of deal, the biggest threat doesn’t come from Berlin.
As a long list of crises grows longer, Germany wants to make sure that the Balkans maintain economic and political stabilty and has invited their leaders to a summit in Berlin. Macedonia is a reminder of the pitfalls.
Germany has been spying on Turkey for close to four decades, according to a report that could further raise tensions between the two nations. The allegations could also embarrass Berlin - a vehement critic of US spying.
Turkey is known as Europe's largest textile manufacturer. Many top global brands source garments from this country. Trade union leaders, however, criticize the poor working conditions in the industry.
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