Obama in Germany for G7 Summit
U.S. President Barack Obama is in Germany for the two-day summit of the Group of 7, the world's seven leading industrialized nations.
He appeared outdoors Sunday with German Chancellor Angel Merkel under sunny skies at a picturesque Bavarian village resort where Germans, many of them wearing traditional German folk garb, listened to remarks from both leaders.
Mr. Obama said he was looking forward to discussing with his German counterpart the "shared future" of the U.S. and Germany, including "standing up to Russian aggression in Ukraine."
Chancellor Merkel called the U.S. "our friend and our partner."
Trade is the official agenda of the gathering, but the world leaders are facing a number of challenges that will also likely come up for discussion.
Voters in Turkey are deciding Sunday whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will get another term, and possibly reform the constitution in a manner that might give him more power.
Sunday's vote is considered one country's tightest parliamentary elections in years. Despite a slump in the popularity of Mr. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, some voters and a pollster believe the party will not lose its power.
"Lately violence and breach of law, especially by Erdogan, caused a public reaction. I think that's the reason of the decrease and I think it could have been even lower but my guess is that people didn't think the opposition party was ready to take the lead."
Voters from the Peoples' Democratic Party, which represents Turkey's Kurdish minority, will be crucial in determining whether Mr. Erdogan’s AKP party gets the super-majority it seeks of the 550 seats in parliament.
If successful, the AKP is expected to seek changes to the constitution to give the president more power.
"When we wake up Monday morning, I hope everyone will be happy and satisfied with the results of the election."
Polls have indicated the AKP vote could be well below the almost 50 percent tally it reaped in the last elections in 2011. It may even need to form a coalition.