Turkish born, German writer arrested in Spain

Jay Jacobs
August 20, 2017

"I am calling on all my countrymen in Germany... the Christian Democrats (CDU), SDP, the Green Party are all enemies of Turkey". Özedemir has always been a critic of Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan, especially since last year's failed coup attempt in Turkey and the president's authoritarian crackdown in response to it.

"Turkey had demands but unfortunately a positive response could not be given to Turkey's expectations", said Bozdag, speaking to reporters in Yozgat.

Gabriel criticized the president's remarks saying they constituted an interference in the German general election, which is scheduled to take place on September 24.

"Erdogan has lost any sense of proportion", Schulz wrote on Twitter. "Vote for those who don't have enmity towards Turkey".

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel had bitterly condemned Erdogan's comments as an "unprecedented act of interference" in Germany's sovereignty.

Relations have become increasingly strained between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in the wake of the failed coup attempt in Turkey previous year. Turkey responded to the ban by accusing Berlin of "Nazi-like" tactics.

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"Teach them a lesson in the German elections", he said.

Tensions increased after the abortive coup attempt against Mr Erdogan in July 2016, in which at least 240 people died. Community leader Atila Karaborklu accused Erdogan of wanting to divide Germany's Turkish communikty.

Ankara became angry earlier this year when Berlin banned Turkish politicians from campaigning in Germany ahead of Turkey's constitutional referendum, citing security concerns.

But Erdogan is also popular with Turks living in Germany, and 59 percent of the votes cast by Turkish citizens resident in Germany went to his ruling party in November 2015 parliamentary polls.

That report came not long after Turkey arrested German human rights activist Peter Steudtner, charging him with "supporting a terrorist organization", despite Berlin saying he had merely traveled to Turkey to speak at a local human rights workshop.

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