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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, listens to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, prior to their breakfast meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Sept. 29, 2018 (Presidency Press Service photo via AP Images).

Erdogan’s Visit to Berlin Shows the Transactional Nature of Turkish-German Relations

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s state visit to Berlin last month came at a turbulent time for both Turkey’s relationship with Germany and Erdogan’s personal relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. While the visit has been billed as a sign of rapprochement, the reality is that Germany and Turkey need each other and are willing to work together on a transactional basis despite persistent irritants in the bilateral relationship. In an email interview with WPR, Lisel Hintz, assistant professor of international relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, discusses the backdrop to Erdogan’s visit and how it served to advance both German and Turkish interests.

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