The newly elected President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier has devoted his first speech Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. About it reports Reuters.
“We are looking at Turkey with concern: everything that has been accumulated in our relations for decades is crumbling right before our eyes, — said Steinmeier at the inauguration ceremony. President Erdogan, you endanger all that is created together with other people”.
The President of Germany also asked Erdogan to be careful in the words: “Stop comparing us to Nazis, it’s terrible. Do not tear those who want to cooperate with Turkey. Respect the laws and freedom of the press and journalists, and free at last Denise Judges!”
Relations between Germany and Turcia escalated in early March 2017. Turkish officials had planned to hold a series of rallies in a number of EU countries where Turkish citizens: they had intended to enlist their support ahead of the referendum on changing the Constitution. However, the authorities of Germany, Austria and the Netherlands forbade them to organize such events. 11 March Amsterdam was denied boarding the plane the head of the Turkish foreign Ministry Mevlut Cavusoglu. In addition, German authorities have banned two rallies of the local Turkish community after the arrest in Istanbul of a journalist Denise Ujala, a German citizen of Turkish origin.
In response, Erdogan criticized the Dutch government and called the Netherlands as a relic of fascism, and compared the ban on promotions in Germany with the Nazis.