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'Nazis, Spies and Terrorists': Can the German-Turkish Relationship Be Saved?

'Nazis, Spies and Terrorists': Can the German-Turkish Relationship Be Saved?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 10, 2017

In recent months, relations between Germany and Turkey have reached a new low. After a series of escalating spats, tourism and investment in the country have collapsed. Will it finally drive Turkish President Erdogan to change course? By Katrin Elger, Maximilian Popp, Christian Reiermann and Michael Sauga more... Comment ]

Interview with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek: 'Germany is Being Irrational'

Interview with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek: 'Germany is Being Irrational'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 01, 2017

As Germany and Turkey struggle with the increasingly strained state of their relationship, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek stresses the two countries' longstanding friendship in an interview with DER SPIEGEL. He also says it is Ankara's duty to rid the state of terrorist elements. Interview Conducted by Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


Time To Stand Up to Erdogan? Germany Debates Tougher Stance Against Turkey

Time To Stand Up to Erdogan? Germany Debates Tougher Stance Against Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 21, 2017

The recent arrest of German human rights activist Peter Steudtner marks a turning point in relations between Germany and Turkey. In an election year, the center-left Social Democrats want to see a tightening of sanctions, but Angela Merkel has declined. She wants to save the refugee deal the EU has made with Ankara. By Ralf Neukirch, Maximilian Popp and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Erdogan at the G20: Turkey Against the World

Erdogan at the G20: Turkey Against the World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2017

On the eve of the G20, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed no signs that he is interested in reconciliation with Germany. But he has driven away many of his other former allies as well. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


The Chronicle of a Long Night: Revisiting Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt

The Chronicle of a Long Night: Revisiting Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2017

Almost one year ago, a coup attempt took place against Turkish President Erdogan. Even today, it remains unclear who was behind the attempt to overthrow the government. SPIEGEL reviewed numerous documents to create a chronology of events, as they happened. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Europe's Backyard: Tensions Rising in Balkans as Hopes for EU Future Fade

Europe's Backyard: Tensions Rising in Balkans as Hopes for EU Future Fade

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2017

Fourteen years after being told they had a future in the European Union, countries in the Western Balkans are losing hope. Meanwhile, Turkish and Russian influence in the region is on the rise. So too is the nationalist rhetoric of old. By Walter Mayr and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


Irascible Erdogan: Trump Wasn't Only Problem at NATO Summit

Irascible Erdogan: Trump Wasn't Only Problem at NATO Summit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2017

Germany's conflict with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan is escalating following his government's refusal to allow members of parliament to visit German armed forces in the country. But it is unlikely to cause a major breach -- because NATO needs Turkey. By Matthias Gebauer, Peter Müller, Maximilian Popp and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Divided Turkey: Erdogan Leads His Country into the Abyss

Divided Turkey: Erdogan Leads His Country into the Abyss

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 21, 2017

Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged victorious from last Sunday's referendum, but his slim margin of victory may actually have weakened his rule. Opposition to the Turkish president's power grab is forming and the EU can do little other than stand aside and watch. By Onur Burçak Belli and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


Head Scratching in Europe: Brussels and Berlin Shaken By Turkish Referendum

Head Scratching in Europe: Brussels and Berlin Shaken By Turkish Referendum

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 21, 2017

A significant number of eligible Turkish voters living in Europe supported the referendum that curtails democracy in Turkey. That has triggered calls for consequences in both Berlin and Brussels and stirred up the German election campaign. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Opinion: It's Time To Break Off EU Membership Talks with Turkey

Opinion: It's Time To Break Off EU Membership Talks with Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2017

Turks have voted to give their autocratic president even more power, with few checks and balances. By doing so, they have cast their ballot against the values of the European Union. It's time for the EU to take action by ending membership talks with Turkey. By Markus Becker in Brussels more... Comment ]

Opinion: The Bizarre Behavior of Turkish-German Voters

Opinion: The Bizarre Behavior of Turkish-German Voters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2017

A clear majority of Turkish voters in Germany cast ballots in favor of Erdogan's presidential system -- many out of spite for the country. The development reveals how far immigrants from Turkey still have to go before they will be integrated at the center of society. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]