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 new British foreign secretary has begun a controversial state visit to Turkey. He is scheduled to meet with Turkish officials, including President Erdogan, whom he mocked in an offensive poem earlier this year.
After "constructive" talks with Turkish President Erdogan, German Chancellor Merkel said there could be "good news" for lawmakers who want to visit German troops in Turkey. And for Turks who want to visit the EU.
European leaders met in the Austrian capital to find a common solution to the wave of migration to the continent. Germany's chancellor has proposed accords to return rejected asylum seekers to their countries of origin.
Access demanded by German parliamentarians to the Incirlik NATO airbase could be restored, says Turkey's foreign minister. Mevlüt Cavusoglu has warned through that any approval will depend on how Berlin "behaves."
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