Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's state visit to Germany has been carefully choreographed to put the soured relations between Berlin and Ankara back on track. Will it work? Guests: Maximilian Popp (Spiegel), Deger Akal (DW), Dilek Kurban (Hertie School of Governance)
Maximilian Popp, a Turkey correspondent for the weekly news magazine Spiegel. He says: „The German government should use Erdogans state visit to strengthen democracy in Turkey“
Also with us is Deutsche Welle’s own Deger Akal, a specialist on Turkish-German relations, formerly based in Ankara, now with DW here in Berlin. And Deger believes that: Erdogan is neither friend nor a foe. Important strategic interests force Germany to talk with the Turkish president. But not at any price!
And a warm welcome, too, to Dilek Kurban from the Berlin-based Hertie School of Governance. She thinks: It is high time for the German government to uphold democratic values and human rights instead of its economic, political and security interests in its dealings with the Erdogan regime.