Germany and Turkey are highly interdependent. Ankara relies on trade and funding from Germany while Berlin needs Turkey’s cooperation on the refugee crisis. Ongoing diplomatic spats and political clashes between Ankara and Berlin mask the depth of this mutual dependency. Both the German and Turkish leadership have strong incentives to put differences aside, make concessions and continue working together closely.
On the surface, Germany and Turkey have diverging goals and a troubled relationship.
Germany and Turkey’s different economic structures and levels of development led to the emergence of strong economic ties. Turkey is currently very economically dependent on Germany.
Germany relies heavily on Turkey to relieve domestic political pressures and help prevent further deterioration of EU cohesion.
Distrust of Russia has the potential to bring Germany and Turkey closer together.
Over the past few months, it has become common to hear Turkish