Last year, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey mentioned that Germany government are “enemies of Turkey” branding German Chancellor Angela Merkel enemy for Turkish government and coalition.
Mr Erdogan, arrived Germany on Thursday for a full state visit with complete military honours and had lunch with Ms Merkel.
There he said that Turkey has suffered the aftershocks of the worst economic crisis in last 15 years. He radicaly changed his tune and toned down to his anti-western rhetoric.
“We want to completely leave behind all the problems and to create a warm environment between Turkey and Germany just like it used to be,” he said earlier this week.
There needs to be an understanding about democtaric needs as Germany is still home for about 3 million Turkish people.
Mr Erdogan needs to be economivally buttressed and Ms Merkel needs to remain economically stable for turkey.
“That’s the language that Erdogan understands — but you have to be willing to speak it,” said Cem Özdemir, a prominent Turkish-German lawmaker and member of the Green Party.
“Germany will not and cannot bail out Turkey,” said Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, the Ankara director for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a research organization.
“We have no interest in the situation in Turkey escalating,” said Mr. Özdemir, the Turkish-German lawmaker, who is attending the banquet with Mr. Erdogan, who, as he put it, would have to “suffer him.”
“You can’t always choose your guests,” he said. “The Erdogans and Putins and Trumps of this world are a reality and we have to talk to them.”
“But it’s important that we get more out of this visit than nice pictures,” he said. “Erdogan wants money. We need to be clear what we want: democracy, human rights, press freedom and no interference into the German-Turkish community in Germany.”
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