Shortly after he accompanied Federal President Gauck on his visit to Turkey, Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office, has again visited the country. In addition to European subjects his programme focused on dialogue with civil society.
Discussion about accession talks
Michael Roth discussed the state of the country’s EU accession talks with representatives of the Turkish Government, among others with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Minister of European Union Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. He also had lunch with Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan.
In his talks the Minister of State noted the readiness of his interlocutors to hold frank talks about highly topical subjects such as freedom of the media, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.
Lively dialogue with civil society
Another key aspect of the trip were a number of meetings with representatives of Turkey’s vibrant and diverse civil society. The Minister of State met, for instance, with pupils of Istanbul Lisesi, a secondary school with a German department. Afterwards he had a discussion with scholarship-holders of Tarabya Cultural Academy.
The next stops were Istanbul Bilgi University, where Minister of State Roth gave an address and talked with students about current political affairs, and a visit to the German Protestant community in Turkey.