Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves as he arrives at the Presidential Palace in Carthage, outside Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed hope for a better relationship with Germany and the EU after a fractious 2017, saying Ankara needs to reduce its enemies and increase its friends, in an interview published Thursday.The past year has seen Turkey's long-running bid to join the EU grind to a virtual halt and a crisis in relations with Germany over the crackdown that followed the failed July 15, 2016 coup.Erdogan indicated that the EU's support for his stance over Jerusalem, a cause he rapidly championed following Trump's bitterly-contested move, could be helpful in creating better relations.
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