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.
Caught up in mounting internal conflicts, Turkey is gradually losing interest in its EU accession candidacy. Many Turks feel disillusioned, including the secular, pro-European elite.
EU foreign ministers have criticized Turkey for blocking internet sites such as Twitter and YouTube. They called on Ankara to respect freedom of expression in view of its long-running bid to join the bloc.
Twitter banned, the opposition threatened - at least one of Germany's ruling parties has had enough of Turkey's government, and wants to prevent the country joining the EU. But Berlin and Brussels are less strident.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his government will "go after" Twitter and other online giants for tax evasion. He also attacked the country's top court, which has sided with the Internet firms.
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