What impact can Berlin have on the AKP regime?

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The Debates feature from Euro|Topics offers English (+ French and German) translations of a selections of articles in European news sources on this topic.

Euro|Topics relaunched their website during 2016. Features published before that date are still available via an archive website (see related url hyperlinks).Euro|Topics reported in July 2017 that the German government was planning a 'reorientation' of its relations with Turkey in response to the arrest of human rights activists in Turkey.

The government had changed its advice for those wishing to travel to the country, an armaments deal had apparently been scrapped and loans and investments were to be revised. Europe's newspapers asked in articles and features whether this would make any impact on Ankara.

There were other issues of tension in relations between the two countries:

Germany and Turkey fail to agree on Incirlik airbase, June 2017
Understanding Turkey’s Anger With The West, April 2017
Should Europe ban AKP rallies?, March 2017
German journalist Deniz Yücel arrested in Turkey
German minister tags Turkey as hub for Islamists | Merkel tells Germany's Turkish community to show 'loyalty'.

In an election year, the Social Democrats (SPD) wanted to see a tightening of sanctions, but Chancellor Merkel had declined. She wanted to save the refugee deal the EU had made with Ankara.

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