>> On Thursday's agenda for the German and Turkish leaders, patching up a threadbare relationship. It's Angela Merkel's first visit since the failed coup against President Tayyip Erdogan last July. He's cracked down on dissidents ever since is high on the list of their many differences. Merkel pressing him to uphold freedom of expression.
And they have much else to catch up on during Merkel's single day in Ankara, how to cooperate in the fight against Islamic State, Turkey's migration deal with the European Union, intelligence sharing, human rights. A row is brewing over German fighter jets, which use the Incirlik Air Base in Southern Turkey.
But Berlin won't give Ankara unfiltered access to the data collected by the jets in case Turkey uses it in it's campaign against Kurdish militants. Above all, Turkey accuses its NATO ally of hosting it's enemies, not only Kurdish and far left insurgents, but also the top orchestrators of the coup attempt.
Germany denies those charges. As recently as Wednesday, the Deputy Prime Minister accusing it of giving shelter to terrorists, even during Turkey's hour of trouble.