Turkey's Erdoğan accuses Germany of Nazi practices in a row over demonstrations

07 March, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Ora Austin
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The German authorities in the southern German town of Gaggenau controversially withdrew permission on Thursday for an event organised months in advance, where Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag would have met with the Turkish community.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted he would lead the world to "rise up" against Germany increasing tensions between the nations. Berlin says the rallies were cancelled on security grounds.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statements "absolutely unacceptable".

"Yes, I support the presidential system and especially after 15 July, we must be more united and together for this country", she said.

But they plumbed new lows in recent weeks after the arrest of a prominent German-Turkish journalist in.

But speaking in the Tunisian capital of Tunis, Merkel said the decision to cancel the rally was made by the local authorities and questioned whether the right to freedom of opinion was being upheld in Turkey.

"The German government deplores the fact that freedom of speech and freedom of the press are now limited in Turkey to an unacceptable degree", Steffen Seibert said.

European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels also urged restraint towards Turkey, though Austria and the Netherlands - also home to large ethnic Turkish populations - said they opposed campaigning by foreign politicians on their soil.

"It can not go on like that", Turkey's chief diplomat said.

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"We can't continue to negotiate about membership with a country that has been steadily distancing itself for years, during ongoing access talks, from democratic standards and principles of the rule of law".

"Erdogan went a step too far".

He told German public Television ARD that "Germany can not be outmatched regarding the rule of law, tolerance and liberality".

Several million people of Turkish origin now live in Germany.

But he said Germany was continuing to press Turkey for fair treatment of the journalist Yucel and his speedy release.

"It isn't because a correspondent of Die Welt was arrested", Erdogan told an awards ceremony in Istanbul. Yucel denies the charges.

The Dutch government said on Friday it was against plans for a rally in Rotterdam, saying it would inform Ankara of its opposition to the "undesirable" move. German officials condemned the inflammatory remarks but "stopped short of punitive actions against Ankara over the matter", Soraya says.

He also pointed out that European Union countries have a common interest in not letting North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner Turkey "drift further to the east" and that German authorities back freedom of expression and that it's normal for Turkish politicians to want to address their compatriots, 1.4 million of whom are eligible to vote in the referendum.

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