Germany and Turkey are linked by exceptionally wide-ranging and intensive relations in which the approximately three million people of Turkish descent living in Germany play an important role. Since…
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is meeting his EU counterparts today and tomorrow in the informal Gymnich format to discuss joint strategies on Russia and Turkey. The situation in Syria will be discussed at a special meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council tomorrow.
The EU is providing six billion euros to help Turkey get on top of refugee flows into the country. This aid will primarily benefit the people in the region. Investments are also being made in long‑term capacity-building and municipal infrastructure.
Germany, France and the United Kingdom are working closely together with regard to Syria, in the fight against ISIS and on Iran. Foreign Minister Maas is meeting his colleagues in Paris to discuss current challenges and courses of action.
The current ceasefire offers hope to north-eastern Syria. However, the following points are important if the country is to be stabilised on a longer term Basis.