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Rival rallies as Erdogan opens mega mosque in Cologne

Rival rallies as Erdogan opens mega mosque in Cologne

Rival rallies as Erdogan opens mega mosque in Cologne

Thousands of demonstrators hit the streets of Cologne Saturday as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened one of Europe’s largest mosques at the end of his visit to Germany, with police out in force to manage rival rallies. The inauguration capped a controversial three-day state visit aimed at repairing frayed ties with Berlin after two years of tensions. During his stay in Berlin, Erdogan met twice with Angela Merkel for talks, with both leaders signalling their interest in a cautious rapprochement.

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