The reasons why Erdogan still wants a good relationship with Germany and the “fantasies” of extremists in the Israeli government in the press
“Just as many in Germany called on the chancellor to cancel Erdoğan’s visit to Berlin because of his stance on the Middle East, so many political observers in Turkey are surprised that the Turkish president is now visiting a country that does not want to leave any doubt about its unconditional support to Israel,” notes the Berlin newspaper Tageszeitung.
“However, like Solz, Erdogan did not think for a moment to cancel the visit,” observes taz. “There are pragmatic reasons on both sides. “Despite all the differences regarding the war in the Middle East, Germany is still Turkey’s most important partner in the EU. For economic reasons alone, Erdogan does not want to allow new tensions to arise in German-Turkish relations,” the newspaper said. “The country urgently needs foreign capital. Her finance minister is currently traveling from one investor conference to another. Most of this capital still comes from EU countries.”
A second reason is, as the newspaper notes, “Erdogan may no longer be a mediator in the Middle East, but he is still one of the first interlocutors in the Ukraine war, to whom both the Ukrainian and Russian side if they want to resume discussions in the future.”
“However, Solz’s hopes of being able to negotiate a new refugee deal with Erdogan in the near future are likely to be more difficult to achieve,” the taz analyzes. “The severe economic crisis has led to a growing rejection of large sections of the population of approximately five million refugees already in the country. Therefore, most people react with great bitterness to the idea that Turkey should continue to play the role of the EU’s guardian or even increase its activities in this direction.
Turks, the second largest group of refugees in Germany
“Ankara has repeatedly requested that its citizens travel visa-free to the EU,” notes in its publication Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “However, it does not appear willing to meet the EU’s six benchmarks, including reforming counter-terrorism legislation.”
Progress on this issue is also made more difficult by the fact that “Turkey now represents the second largest group of asylum seekers in Germany,” the Frankfurt paper said. “In October, almost 9,700 Turks applied for asylum in Germany, almost as many as Syrians. In November, Turkey could even rise to the top spot. The main reasons for this are the inflation crisis and the disappointment with the re-election of Erdoğan”, comments faz.
The fantasies of extreme Israelis
“Crazy dreams,” the magazine calls it Spiegel the measures expressed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right coalition for the Palestinians.
“Likud lawmaker Danny Danon and opposition politician Ram Ben Barak wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday in which they both called on the world to accept people from Gaza,” the magazine notes, stating that “these outbreaks annoys the majority of the Israeli population and polls show growing rejection of the government.”
“The radical demands of people like Danon and Ben Barak are a problem for Netanyahu. He must constantly reassure his American partners and the public that the extremists in the coalition are not the ones making the decisions during and after the war. But that he is the one in control,” explains Spiegel.
“What the two Israelis are demanding in a seemingly reasonable tone in the pages of the Wall Street Journal was put quite differently by Minister Avi Dichter a few days ago: He declared on Israeli television that this war is the Nakba of Gaza, that is, its destruction.” , the magazine concludes.
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