Erdogan hopes to rebuild U.S. ties

Erdogan hopes to rebuild U.S. ties

Erdogan hopes to rebuild U.S. ties

Thousands of demonstrators hit the streets of Cologne Saturday as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened one of Europe's largest mosques at the end of his visit to Germany, with police out in force to manage rival rallies.

Erdogan told politicians that fluctuations in the lira did not reflect the economic reality and that the country would overcome "attacks on the economy".

Erdogan, addressing the country's parliament, also hoped to improve ties with the United States as soon as possible and said Trump's administration would soon fix the "wrong approach" it had adopted towards Turkey.

She said Turkey was particularly keen on "repairing the damage" after Ankara's relations with Washington entered a state of crisis over the summer, but Germany and Europe wanted to see "concrete steps" to relieve tensions.

Excluding at this stage for a resumption of negotiations for the accession of Turkey to the EU, which have been frozen for several years, it is estimated that Turkey could expect a modernization of the customs Union which links, to the block, but not before the european Parliament elections in may 2019.

Erdogan has taken considerable flak for rights abuses at home.


At a state dinner Friday with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Erdogan alluded to the "hundreds, thousands", of terrorists living in Germany.

A report by Germany-based broadcaster Deutsche Welle Turkey cited German government officials as saying Erdogan had not delivered a list.

Turkey hit back with duties on USA cars, alcohol and tobacco.

A number of dual German-Turkish citizens have been imprisoned in the ensuing crackdown against the coup's alleged plotters, with Berlin insisting on their immediate release.

For Mr. Pierini, this episode "reflects the important differences between the two parties about the rule of law, in particular as regards free expression".

But he expressed satisfaction that "both sides made a cautious attempt at rapprochement".

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