Merkel host Turkish PM amid hopes for better relations

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"I still don't know why I was arrested a year ago, or, to be more precise, why I was taken hostage", he said in a video posted on the Twitter account of the Free Deniz campaign.

"I think that after the very detailed and thorough drafting of a coalition agreement, there is a fairly good chance that both the SPD members and the CDU party congress. give a positive assessment of this coalition agreement", Merkel said. It came as three prominent journalists were jailed for life for alleged links to the failed coup of 2016. The Turkish government responded by accusing Germany of using "Nazi methods".

"And I still don't know why I was released", Yucel, who works for the newspaper Die Welt, continued.

Yucel, who has both German and Turkish citizenship, had been accused of writing propaganda in support of terrorism.

On Friday, Yildirim cautiously welcomed Yucel's release, suggesting it would ease tensions with Berlin.

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He added, in a reference to the nuclear deal between the world powers and Iran: "We can stop this unsafe regime". Zarif suggested Netanyahu was deliberately raising tensions as a way to distract from his troubles at home.

The German government has called on British Prime Minister Theresa May to present her government's plans about the future relationship between Britain and the European Union after it leaves the bloc.

He has been in custody ever since. His case and that of five other German citizens still held in Turkey for what Germany considers political reasons badly soured relations between the two countries.

Berlin had previous year advised German investors and holidaymakers to avoid Turkey.

"I believe that this will lead to him being able to leave the country", Gabriel told reporters in Munich.

The spokeswoman said that Berlin had not agreed to any "dirty deals or other arrangements" to secure the release.

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