Germany is Turkey’s largest trading partner. So many in Turkey find Berlin’s opposition to EU membership for Ankara hard to stomach. But as the Turkish economy continues to prosper, many are asking who needs the EU.
For Europeans, the list of downsides of the planned EU-US free trade agreement is long: lamentable transparency, private arbitration and more. Europe cannot afford to compromise on its standards, says DW's Jens Thurau.
German media say secret documents reveal the US has pressured the EU to approve a transatlantic free trade deal. The reports say Washington may block easier car exports if the EU doesn't open up its agricultural market.
Turkey's EU affairs minister says legislation to meet criteria for visa liberalization will be completed by next week. The EU humanitarian aid commissioner says the bloc's deportation deal with Turkey was the only hope.
Is it a sensation or a tempest in a teacup? Brussels says the secret TTIP documents are nothing but blueprints. Making any progress in the free trade agreement with the US is tedious. Bernd Riegert from Brussels.
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