Turkey is hoping for help from Germany in overcoming its economic crisis. A €35-billion high-speed rail project might speed up economic cooperation because business ties have remained stable, despite political tensions.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Saudi Arabia must provide "transparency" regarding the circumstances of Jamal Khashoggi's death. Meanwhile, German weapons exports to Saudi Arabia have come under increased scrutiny.
German-Iranian business ties have been growing, and that's likely to continue. The two countries, nearly the same size in population, have more in common than you might think — including a shared love of engineering.
Saudi Arabia's reputation has suffered massively as a result of Jamal Khashoggi's suspected murder. World leaders are keeping their distance. The country could be hostile in the face of criticism, or enact reforms.
Germany's Social Democrats suggested the government in Berlin should use taxpayers' money to help Turkey. Reactions to that proposal have been negative here, and DW's Henrik Böhme says Turkey can only help itself.
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