German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on a two-day trip to Turkey. Ahead of the visit Merkel gave her backing to opening a new chapter of talks in Turkey’s bid for EU membership – an offer welcomed by Turkish leaders.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the European Parliament of being unfair with regards to history. The MEPs demonstrated "religious and cultural fanaticism," the Turkish government said.
Access to Twitter has been restored in Turkey after the micro-blogging website reportedly complied with Ankara's request to remove pictures of a prosecutor killed by leftist militants.
Turkish authorities have blocked social media websites over images of a prosecutor who was killed during a hostage standoff last week. Critics say it's yet another censorship move in the run-up to elections in June.
The Turkish parliament has passed a contentious security law that gives police more powers. The bill sparked vehement criticism from the opposition, which fears it could be used to suppress dissent ahead of elections.