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.
A recording is doing the rounds online of what appears to be the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, urging his son to hide a large sum of money. The authenticity of the tape has not yet been confirmed.
EU accession talks started in 2005, but negotiations have stalled. The EU is unhappy with several human rights and reform issues, but Fadi Hakura from Chatham House thinks neither side is that keen on membership anyway.
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has met with German Chancellor Merkel to discuss bilateral relations. In question are how crackdowns on protesters and corruption in Turkey will affect the country's EU-aspirations.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan tried once more to campaign for Turkey's EU bid in Berlin. However, his real concern seems to be his own political future, writes DW's Nina Werkhäuser.
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