Conciliatory tone

Turkey tries to ease tensions with Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Turkey
A budding friendship? Source: dpa

Germany and Turkey have been through a diplomatic whirlwind. In recent months, numerous diplomatic spats, from Nazi comparisons to the arrests of German citizens in Turkey, have put a strain on their ties.

But the tide could be turning. Government officials in Ankara say President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is determined to significantly improve relations with Germany in the coming months.

A first indication was the release of a prominent German detainee. Last Friday, the German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel was freed from prison in Turkey. The correspondent for Die Welt had been detained in Istanbul for over a year on terrorism and propaganda charges.

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