Turkey is blaming the Syrian regime for Saturday's bombings in the border town of Reyhanli that killed more than 40 people. Syria rejects the charges.
Turkey's upcoming presidential election can also been seen as a preliminary vote on the future of its accession to the EU. While German-Turkish ties remain tense, it wasn't long ago that things seemed to be promising.
Angela Merkel is set to meet with leaders in Jordan and Lebanon. The two countries have the world's highest number of refugees per capita — an issue expected to be a central theme of the German chancellor's trip.
Days before voters outside Turkey can begin casting their ballots in the country's parliamentary and presidential elections, DW and German daily "Taz" held a panel talk in Berlin on the many issues surrounding the vote.
Istanbul university students have been jailed for protesting against Turkish military action in neighboring Syria. Their supporters say the students simply demonstrated constitutionally protected free speech.
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