Germany slams Erdogan's 'interference' in vote

German Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
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20 August, 2017

Earlier, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag, who is also the official government spokesman, defended Erdogan's comments and said the reactions were "very disrespectful and very arrogant" and "beyond the bounds of decency".

Erdogan's remarks are the latest in an ongoing spat between Ankara and Berlin, which spilled over after the botched military coup which took place in Turkey in 2016.

On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged ethnic Turks living in Germany not to vote for the ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) or any of the other larger parties.

In recent months, Turkey's Foreign Ministry has accused Germany of having double standards and of supporting "terrorists", after German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel lambasted Turkey for arresting six human rights activists. The group said it believes the arrest warrant against Akhanli to be politically motivated, citing his writings about the mass killing of Armenians in Turkey in 1915. Green party parliamentarian Volker Beck said the arrest warrant was Erdogan's attempt "to extend his power beyond the borders of his country to intimidate his critics and to pursue them all over the world".

"Give necessary support to political parties that do not engage in enmity against Turkey".

He accused the SPD and CDU of playing a game of "the more you beat up Turkey, the more votes you get" during the election campaign.

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The Turkish leader responded by calling German leaders "nazis" and "facists".

Can is likely a reference to Can Dundar, a left-wing Turkish journalist who fled to Germany amidst an ongoing government repression of opposition voices in the media. His aim is "to hurt German democracy", charged Karaborklu.

"He knows no limits!"

Turkish-born German writer Dogan Akhanli was arrested in the Spanish city of Granada on Saturday by police fulfilling an global arrest warrant issued by Interpol in response to a request by authorities in Turkey.

Analysts estimate that about 1.2 million people of Turkish origin will have the right to vote in the September elections.


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