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German-Turkish rift will widen, despite high cost

Friday, July 28, 2017


He was trying to allay German fears about their prospects in the country. The meeting came after calls from German ministers to German companies and travellers to avoid taking risks in Turkey, and amid almost daily fiercely anti-German speeches by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


  • Turkey may start looking elsewhere for new partners for trade and investment as Germany’s role shrinks.
  • Tourism, already down by 30% last year, will be further hit, with German tourists and others staying away.
  • Anti-Western rhetoric in Turkey will become stronger.
  • Germany will be even less tolerant of agitation among its Turkish minority, with further confrontations over ministerial visits and rallies.

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