Turkey is extremely important for Europe on account of its strong economy, geostrategic position and longstanding partnership in the area of security policy – something hardly anyone would deny any more. For Germany, there is also the fact that more than three million people of Turkish origin now live in the country, giving rise to a close intertwining of foreign and domestic policy matters. For some time now, Turkey has been described as a “country at the crossroads”. We are quite certain that sustainable German and European relations with Turkey are of huge importance for the future of the continent and when it comes to ensuring that Europe is capable of action. Turkey is part of Europe as far as we are concerned, regardless of the specific question of EU accession.