Erdogan set to play nice as he goes to Germany

Turkish leader may hold back insults as he seeks to improve ties

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will get a red-carpet welcome and be received by German Chancellor Angela Merkel as he makes his first state visit to Germany in 15 years.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will get a red-carpet welcome and be received by German Chancellor Angela Merkel as he makes his first state visit to Germany in 15 years.PHOTO: REUTERS

In March last year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's verbal attacks took on a more personal tone. "Shame on you," he railed against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, impolitely addressing her only by her last name, without mentioning her title. "You are supporting terrorists," he ranted.

He was accusing Berlin of sheltering Kurdish and other Turkish far-left militants, as well as military officers and others linked to an abortive coup against him in 2016.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2018, with the headline 'Erdogan set to play nice as he goes to Germany'. Subscribe