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.
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.
The sorrow shared over last week's plane crash has brought France and Germany closer together. At inter-government consultations in Berlin, President Hollande invoked their deep friendship.
Turkey has arrested a journalist in its investigation against a "conspiracy" against military officers. Mehmet Baransu was also detained in December for criticizing a presidential adviser.
Alexis Tsipras is headed to Berlin in his first official visit as prime minister. Both he and Chancellor Angela Merkel have insisted the visit is about repairing damaged ties, not debt negotations.