Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, gestures as he speaks beside Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, during a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin. Merkel rejects Turkey, a mainly Muslim nation of 81 million people, joining the 28-member EU. Instead, she and most of her CDU want to offer it a “privileged partnership” with the bloc.