The Cabinet of Germany forbade Erdogan speech on the sidelines of the G20 summit
We are talking about statements of the Turkish President to the compatriots in Hamburg.
BERLIN, June 29. /TASS/. The German government banned the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to speak in front of compatriots in Hamburg, where he will arrive next week to participate in the summit of “Big twenty” (G20). This was stated by foreign Minister of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, to journalists in Moscow, reported DPA.
We told the Turkish authorities that deem such a statement in Germany impossible. Constitutional law allows us to make such a decision.Sigmar Gabriella of the German foreign Ministry
The representative of the German government Steffen Seibert also confirmed to the publication Spiegel that the decision agreed with Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Statements of Gabriel agreed with the Chancellor. Thus, it is the position of the government,” he said.
Earlier on Thursday, Gabriel said that 28 June, the foreign Ministry received an official request from Turkey about Erdogan’s plans to address his countrymen during the summit of “twenty”. According to the German Minister, amid disagreements between Ankara and Berlin, such a statement would be inappropriate. Moreover, he did not rule out that Germany could in the future ban for all non-EU countries to campaign in the state three months before the elections.
The crux of the matter
Berlin refers ambiguously to the public statements of Turkish politicians in Germany, in particular, the spring was cancelled two events with the participation of Ministers from Ankara: the head of the Ministry of justice Bekir Bozdag and the head of economy Nihat Zeybekci. They were going to campaign in favor of constitutional reform, Erdogan. Germany did not want to give the representatives of different countries a platform for state propaganda, claimed observers. The official version of the refusal was to ensure that the organizers could not ensure the safety of participants.
Similar bans followed from a number of other European countries. Then began another round of tension in Ankara’s relations with Berlin and the governments of other EU member States. In particular, Turkey has accused Europe of using “Nazi methods”.
In Germany there are about 1.5 million immigrants from Turkey. In a referendum about two thirds of them voted in support of Erdogan’s reforms.