German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will attend the press conference following the meeting with the heads of government of the Baltic states. © Michael Kappeler/dpa
After the re-election of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, EU leaders congratulate him. Federal Chancellor Scholz spoke of a "strong bond" between Germany and Turkey.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has paid tribute to Germany's cooperation with Turkey following the election victory of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"Germany and Turkey are close partners and allies – we are also strongly connected socially and economically," the SPD politician wrote on Twitter in the evening. He also congratulated Erdogan on his re-election. "Now we want to push ahead with our common issues with fresh vigour," said Scholz.
EU leaders congratulate Erdogan on election victory
Other EU leaders also congratulated Erdogan on his re-election. "I look forward to further expanding the EU-Turkey relationship," EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter in the evening. It is of strategic importance for both the EU and Turkey to "advance these relations for the benefit of our peoples".
EU Council President Charles Michel also congratulated Erdogan. "I look forward to working with you again to deepen EU-Turkey relations in the coming years," he wrote on Twitter.
Kilicdaroglu indirectly admits defeat
According to the state news agency Anadolu, Erdogan received 99 percent of the votes after counting almost 52 percent of the votes, while challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu received 48 percent of the votes. Thus, Erdogan was able to win the run-off election. He will thus remain in office for another five years. Opposition leader Kilicdaroglu indirectly conceded defeat.
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Around 61 million people were called to vote in Turkey. Eligible voters in Germany and other countries have already voted. Today also marks the anniversary of the anti-government Gezi protests of 2013. dpa