In the end, not only were sanctions against Turkey for its aggressive behavior against Greece and Cyprus prevented, but they were not even mentioned in the EU summit communiqué, so that they could be activated immediately if Turkey continued and intensified violations of sovereign rights of Greece and Cyprus. It is particularly positive, however, that for the time being at least the warm confrontation between Greece and Turkey has been avoided, which would have had a heavy cost especially for our country given its insufficient defense shield over the last decade, but its implementation takes years or even years. Meanwhile, the Greek people and a few commentators point out the pro-Turkish policy of Berlin with various adjectives without deepening the reasons, as it starts from the traditional relationship between the two countries and ends in the exuberant Turkish presence in the political and economic life of Germany. The geopolitical love that connects Germany with Turkey from the time of the Ottoman Empire is timeless. In World War I, Turkey was an ally of Germany and throughout the long period, the two countries’ closest relations were forged through their strong economic and trade cooperation. After the end of World War II, during which Turkey maintained In favor of Germany neutrality, 1 million Turkish workers manned German industry from 1961 to 1969, to increase to 3.5 million in 2010 and probably to 4 to 5 million today. Most of them have already received German citizenship and the right to vote. Which German party does not care what direction their father Erdogan will give them? , 48 members of the regional parliaments and 423 members of the municipal councils are of Turkish origin. The huge economic interests on both sides also stem from the fact that Germany is the main importer of Turkish products with a total value of 16.6 billion euros (2019 figures). The corresponding Turkish imports from Germany amount to 19.2 billion euros, right after Russia (a great reason for the good relations between Putin and Erdogan). It is therefore reasonable that Germany’s policy towards Turkey is decisively influenced by the fact that is its most important trading partner. In addition, more than 3,000 German subsidiaries are based in Turkey. Turkish exports to Germany include vehicles, auto parts and accessories, textiles and weapons systems, as Turkey has developed a huge war industry. If we take into account the above and the fact that 80,000 German-Turkish companies operate in Germany with a turnover of 52 billion euros and employ 500,000 people, while 7,500 German companies operate in Turkish territory, we understand why Merkel gives her change in favor of Turkey.
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