Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Germany of ‘abetting terrorists’

(CNN)Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Germany of “abetting terrorists” amid a widening spat between Ankara and Berlin.

Speaking at a conference in the Black Sea province of Rize, Erdogan said Turkey had given German Chancellor Angela Merkel “4,500 dossiers but have not received an answer on a single one of them.”
“When there is a terrorist, they can tell us to give that person back. You won’t send the ones you have to us, but can ask us for yours. So you have a judiciary, but we don’t in Turkey?” he said, according to Reuters.
    Relations between Germany and Turkey have deteriorated in recent months after Merkel questioned Turkey’s commitment to democracy and the rule of law, while Erdogan suggested Germany’s Nazi past might not be entirely behind it.
    Berlin has also so far refused to extradite soldiers and civilians Ankara accuses of being among the higher level coordinators of last year’s attempted coup.

      Wife of imprisoned German-Turkish journalist speaks out

    Deteriorating ties

    Last month, Turkey arrested a group of activists including the head of Amnesty International Turkey and a German employee in a widely condemned crackdown on civil society.
    In the wake of last year’s coup attempt, Erdogan has tightened his grip on power while overseeing a massive purge of those who he says rose up against him.
    The primary target of the crackdown has been supporters of exiled Turkish cleric Fetullah Gulen, who Erdogan accuses of masterminding efforts to remove him.
    Over the past 12 months his government has clamped down on civil liberties across Turkey, gutted public institutions and universities, heavily restricted the media and ordered mass arrests.
    In the wake of the July arrests, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel blasted Erdogan, saying what was happening in Turkey “is blatantly obvious.”
    “Someone who detains law-abiding visitors to their country on the basis of outlandish, indeed absurd, accusations and throws them into prison has left European values behind,” Gabriel said.
    He also warned Germans against traveling to Turkey and suggested Berlin would review corporate investments in the country.
    Fadi Hakura, a Turkey expert and associate fellow at Chatham House, said Erdogan may have overplayed his hand when it comes to Germany, which is the country’s largest trading partner.
    “It is likely, though not guaranteed, that in the short-to-medium term, Erdogan will employ fiery rhetoric to set the stage for an eventual climbdown. He still retains some pragmatism and flexibility, and seems to appreciate the importance of Germany to Turkey’s economic stability,” he wrote for CNN Opinion last month.

    More From this publisher : HERE

      Recommended Products

    • Moto Theme Monthly Layouts (Monthly Subscription) Build Up An Entire WordPress Empire, By Accessing Our Premium Moto Theme V2 Monthly Membership!
    • ChromElite The pro version of software unlocks many features and additional customisation options
    • SERPScribe Commercial The ultimate 'all-in-one' traffic cloud solution that creates unique content and ranks your videos and sites with authority links.
    • TV Boss Multichannel TV Boss is world’s ONLY platform to let you create and manage your own AND your clients' TV channels on Roku! Having your own Roku TV channel gives you: - Income through TV ads - Authority. Lead your industry - Traffic. 10,000+ in first month alone

    Tags: europe Turkey's Erdogan accuses Germany of 'abetting terrorists' - CNN

    Related Post "Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Germany of ‘abetting terrorists’"

    Spain Gets Ready to Take Control After Catalonia Declares Independence
    Catalonia is headed for a dramatic confrontation
    Germany Tightens the Screws on International Funds to Turkey
    The German government is wielding its influence
    Marc Faber Asked to Leave Sprott Board After Racist Report
    Veteran investor Marc Faber left the boards
    Yahoo Triples Likely Scope of 2013 Hack to 3 Billion Users
    Yahoo, the internet company acquired by Altaba