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Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish PM in Stockholm despite Domestic Crisis

Despite his governing party facing a severe domestic crisis, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has come to an official visit to Stockholm.

After meeting head of state, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Erdogan held talks with his Swedish colleague, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. Main issue: Turkey’s bid to become a full member of the European Union – a step that Sweden openly endorses.

Outside the parliamentary building in Stockholm, the Turkish PM was met by Armenian demonstrators shouting slogans like “Turkey, recognize the genocide”.

According to historians, soldiers of the Ottoman Empire killed up to one million Armenians during World War One. Turkey still refuses to call the killings genocide.

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