“Seen from elsewhere” N ° 61 – German elections: what Ankara hopes for

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This Sunday the German federal elections are held. The results will be scrutinized with attention in Europe and beyond, especially in Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is losing his closest European ally with the departure of Angela Merkel. It is she who has always protected Ankara against the threat of tougher European sanctions or who played a decisive role in the adoption of the 2016 refugee agreement, recalls The world.

Angela Merkel. Markus Schreiber / POOL / AFP

This is why the delay in the polls of Armin Laschet, the second Chancellor and CDU / CSU candidate, has cause for concern for the Turks – even if the “politico-econometric” models still give him the winner.

A coalition led by the CDU / CSU would do Ankara’s business: following Angela Merkel, the conservative party wishes “continue to work closely with Turkey“Which he underlines”the great strategic and economic importance“. The socialists of the SPD, for their part, devote only

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