Erdogan’s adviser expects improved relations with Germany and Europe

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in an interview with Reuters that relations with Germany would improve in parallel with a general improvement in relations with the European Union early next year, boosting the prospects for growing Turkish export and tourism.

“I expect a greater calm with Germany after the (German) election on Sept. 24. I expect the tension to ease,” Ermit said in the interview on Tuesday.

Turkish-German relations have been under pressure since the campaign launched by Erdogan following the failed coup attempt last year.

Germany has criticized the mass arrests and has refused to hand over Turkey to people who have sought refuge in Ankara and Ankara accuses them of involvement in the failed coup attempt. Berlin has also demanded the release of about 12 German citizens arrested in the past few months.

“Turkey’s relations with the EU will be reformed rapidly as of the first quarter of 2018. I think Turkey’s exports to the EU will increase,” Ermit said.

He noted that the improvement in relations with Europe will result in a “very good year” for tourism in 2018.

The number of European tourists visiting Turkey has declined due to security concerns in the past few years.

Artem said the economy would grow between 5.5 and 6 percent this year and between five and seven percent next year.