Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan disembark their plane after landing at Berlin's Tegel airport on September 27, 2018. / AFP / Odd ANDERSEN
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Germany Thursday for a controversial three-day state visit that both sides hope will help rebuild relations that have been battered in recent years.Ties between the NATO allies plummeted after Erdogan's government arrested tens of thousands of people in a mass purge following a 2016 putsch attempt, including some who were also German nationals.German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will welcome Erdogan – on his first official visit to Germany since he became president in 2014 – with military honors and a state dinner at Bellevue Palace on Friday – which several opposition politicians have vowed to boycott.
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