Brussels Edition: Turkish Thaw
By Viktoria Dendrinou
and Tony Czuczka
September 21, 2018, 7:26 AM GMT+2
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The European Union’s relations with Turkey have been at rock bottom for over a year, but the realpolitik of dealing with Donald Trump has encouraged both sides to build bridges. Even with no money on the table to help a Turkish economy ravaged by double-digit inflation, the thaw may continue today as two top German cabinet members host Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak in Berlin, a prelude to Angela Merkel welcoming Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next week. The rapprochement is important: The EU needs the refugee deal with Turkey to hold, while concerns about the spillover of an economic crisis loom large.
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