The leaders of Germany, France and Turkey meet today (Tuesday) in Berlin to discuss Turkey's bid to join the European Union.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac hold one on one talks before Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan joins the summit later in the day.
EU leaders meet in December to decide whether to begin talks with Turkey for membership into the 25-member group of nations.
Earlier this month, the European Commission gave preliminary approval to start such talks, but warned that negotiations could be broken off if Turkey backtracks on political and human rights reforms.
Mr. Erdogan and other Turkish officials have said their country will only accept full EU membership.