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 authorities have apprehended dozens of suspects in a wiretapping case that targeted high-level officials, including President Erdogan. The scandal is allegedly linked to the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Angela Merkel has said she hopes Russia does not have plans set on Moldova, during talks with the Romanian president in Berlin. Klaus Iohannis asked for Berlin's support for Romanians to travel freely within the EU.
The latest arrests of regime-critical journalists in Turkey are a gross violation of modern democratic principles. Effective help can only come from one place, says Baha Güngör.
Kyiv's troops and pro-Russian separatists have been engaged in intense fighting, killing dozens of people in the past 24 hours. A ceasefire is scheduled to come into effect on Sunday.
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