Irascible Erdogan Trump Wasn't Only Problem at NATO Summit

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.
NATO leaders attend a ceremony during the NATO summit in Brussels.

NATO leaders attend a ceremony during the NATO summit in Brussels.

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German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) Tornado jets stationed at Turkey's Incirlik air base. The aircraft are used to provide support for the alliance in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) Tornado jets stationed at Turkey's Incirlik air base. The aircraft are used to provide support for the alliance in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

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