The handshakes and smiles are all very cordial.
But as Turkish President Abdullah Gul pursues his trip to Germany, he and Chancellor Merkel are still in disagreement over Ankara’s EU ambitions.
She favours ‘privileged partnership’ status. But six years after Turkey started negotiations, Gul wants nothing less than full membership of the bloc.
“Accession talks should be continued,” he said in a speech at Berlin’s Humboldt University. “Turkey should be allowed to finish them in a fair manner and attempts should not be made to hinder that process with psuedo arguments.”
The integration of Turkish immigrants in Germany has also been a key topic during his trip.
But Gul’s speech was shorter and later than planned after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of the building.
Pro-Kurdish protesters demonstrated outside the university during his visit on Monday evening.