Prominent journalist Murat Yetkin penned a piece in which he analyzed the current state of Turkish-German relations following German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last week in Istanbul.
Yetkin said although Merkel has long objected to a full membership of Turkey to the EU, even bringing forward a concept of “privileged partnership,” she stands against any suggestion to cut Ankara’s ties with the bloc.
He also touched touched upon Merkel’s stance regarding judicial independence and freedom of expression and press in Turkey, saying: “Merkel expressed her complaint about that Turkey does not grant press cards and accreditations to some 30 German journalists working in the country. It is understood that some contacts with the Turkish presidency were made on the issue ahead of the meeting but no results yielded.”
Yetkin said although the German administration used to consider Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), of which Erdoğan is the chairman, as a “an opportunity that would pave the way for better democracy in politics and transparent economy,” now it observes that the country’s “democratic standards have deteriorated with respect to the earlier years of the AKP rule where important reform steps had been taken in the framework of the EU harmonization target.”
“This impression can be compared to Erdoğan’s post-coup attempt statement on his former relations with Gülen, when he said he was ‘deceived,’” Yetkin wrote.
Yetkin’s piece in full can be reached here.