Erdogan and Merkel to talk business, human rights

Turkey's Erdogan calls on Germany to extradite Gulen supporters

Erdogan demands Germany seize 'terrorists' as state visit gets off to icy start amid street protests

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey expects closer cooperation from Germany against "terror" groups, including Kurdish rebels and people with alleged links to a failed 2016 coup in Turkey.

At the same conference, Mr Erdogan said Turkey aims to win easier access to the European Union for its citizens and his government would move to meet the EU's criteria for achieving visa liberalisation.

A Turkish newspaper reported that Mr Erdogan gave Mrs...

Asked about Dundar, who was convicted by Turkey in 2016 of revealing state secrets after his newspaper published photographs suggesting that Turkey's intelligence agency was involved in sending weapons to Syrian rebels, Erdogan called him a "convicted spy" who should be extradited.

As Erdogan was whisked through a locked-down city to his hotel by the Brandenburg Gate, allegations that a Berlin police officer had been spying on exiled dissidents for Turkish security services highlighted the two sides' mutual mistrust.

Turkish president said a so-called journalist who was convicted to five years in prison in Turkey had fled to Germany and was being treated with great respect in Germany. Germany says 35 Germans in total were imprisoned on what it considers political grounds.

Merkel said at a news conference alongside Erdogan Friday that she "pushed, and will continue to do so, for these cases to be resolved as quickly as possible". "That largely has to do with questions of the rule of law, with questions of press freedom".

"There is, on the one hand, a common strategic interest in good relations, and on Germany's part too an interest in developing these relations", she said. More protests were expected Saturday in Cologne, where the Turkish president will be opening a new mosque.

Rumors were circulating Friday morning that Erdogan was threatening to boycott the news conference if Can Dundar, former editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper, a Turkish news outlet critical of Erdogan, were to attend as planned.

He says: "Erdogan would have canceled the press conference using me as an excuse and would have avoided answering questions".

That drew a sharp rejoinder from Erdogan, who said "it is not our job to protect terrorists", according to an interpreter.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the RND media group Friday that the three-day visit to Germany isn't "an expression of normalization (of relations), we are a long way from that, but it could be a start".

Germany and Turkey have become embroiled in a row over press freedom after President Erdogan demanded that Angela Merkel extradite a prominent critic of his regime.

Erdogan's supporters will be looking for more financial aid from Germany to help their homeland overcome its current economic difficulties.

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