Briefing on German – Turkey relations


04 October 2018

German – Turkey relations have thawed as Ankara looks to offset the row with the US and the threat of economic crisis 

  • President Erdogan has led a state visit to Germany as his government seeks European support to stabilise its economy
  • German-Turkish relations have been at an all-time low in recent years following a series of rows driven by each government’s domestic political concerns
  • But shared economic and strategic interests mean both countries are now ready to adopt an increasingly pragmatic approach going forward

In a sign that both countries are seeking a reengagement after a turbulent period for bilateral relations, President Erdogan has been afforded full military honours on a state visit to Germany. Erdogan had been effectively blocked from entering the country less than four months ago after German authorities denied him permission to hold a campaign rally ahead of the Turkish elections in June. A similar dispute a year earlier saw Erdogan compare German officials to the Nazis, a low point in relations between the two countries…

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