German chancellor Angela Merkel says the refugee crisis cannot be solved without Turkey. Her comments come as she prepares to visit the country on Sunday. Critics of the chancellor say her dealings with Turkey amount to hypocrisy.
Berlin and Ankara are set to restart regular government consultations after a break of almost a year, German media report. Relations between the two countries deteriorated after a failed coup against President Erdogan.
Relations between Germany and Turkey have been strained for months. But tensions appear to be easing. Now Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan apparently would even like to invite the German chancellor to his country.
The co-founder of the Left party has called for a new alliance to catapult the left wing into power. He believes German voters are more than ready for such an option.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has become an icon. Abroad, she's held in high esteem due to the length of her tenure and her conduct during Europe's refugee crisis. But back home, support for Merkel is waning.
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