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.
New Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says EU membership and democratic reforms are his main priorities, in his first speech as head of state. He took the oath of office earlier on Thursday.
As Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's first directly elected president, takes office, many say he won't be able to fulfill his claim of representing all Turkish citizens. Critics also fear his autocratic reign.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for the EU to implement further sanctions against Russia for its role in the Ukraine conflict. The sanctions are yet to take effect as a ceasefire in Ukraine largely holds.
We're halfway through Joachim Gauck's tenure as German president. Does he get involved in day-to-day politics too much? Or does he say exactly the right things at the right time? DW's Ralf Bosen has no doubt.
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