Schulz’s visit will last two days and will include both Ankara and Istanbul. He will hold talks in Ankara with President Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek, as well as with leaders of opposition parties that are in Parliament. Heading to İstanbul afterwards, he will meet with leading Turkish businessmen and representatives of religious minorities. He will also be awarded with an honorary doctorate from İstanbul Bilgi University.
Schulz, the former leader of the Socialists in the European Parliament who was elected president of the EP on Jan. 17, advised Turkey on the necessity of a new constitution guaranteeing fundamental freedoms that were indispensable to both Turkey and the EU.