Merkel’s Delicate Mission in the Bosphorus

Merkel in TurkeyDPA Guido Bergmann
Chancellor Angela Merkel at Sunday's talks with Turkey's Prime Minister.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    • After years of stalled accession talks on Turkey’s progress into the European Union, the situation has changed as Germany is forced to the table, asking for help with its influx of refugees.
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    • The E.U. could be giving Turkey $3 billion in aid to help the country deal with more than 2 million refugees.
    • Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel also spoke about providing greater support for Turkey’s E.U candidacy.
    • Officially, Germany expects 800,000 asylum-seeker applications this year, though a leaked report suggested this number could be up to 1.5 million.
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On Sunday, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in the Dolmabahce Palace, which was designed in the European style in 1856 to bring the former Ottoman Empire closer to the west.

While the Ottoman Empire is no more, the Turkish Republic shares this focus towards the West and this weekend came closer to its goal.

Ms. Merkel came to Turkey to visit Mr. Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at short notice, in need of support to cope with the influx of refugees coming to Germany.

She brought offerings that Turkey has long sought, from support for the country’s membership in the European Union to money to help stem the influx of people fleeing war-torn countries.

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