Nor the relations between Turkey and Germany to continue to spiral recently following the arrest of one of the journalists Die Welt. On March 3, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended the decision to arrest Deniz Yucel, claiming the reporter was a spy for Berlin and worked well as a representative of the Turkish rebel group PKK.
“They need to be brought to trial for assisting and harboring terrorism,” the president said, accusing Germany of harboring Yucel for more than a month in the German consulate in Istanbul before being released eventually to the authorities.
The president’s remarks came last cancellation of a rally in the German city of Ghaghinaw where he is expected to meet with the Turkish community to talk about the upcoming referendum that would increase the powers of the president and the Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag.Close to 1.4 million Turks living in Germany are eligible to vote in a referendum this April.
She Ghaghinaw authorities canceled the meeting because there is not enough space for the number of people expected. Similar demonstration was carried out by Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci also books in Cologne after city officials said they were misinformed about the purpose of the event.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut CAVUSOGLU said the cancellations were the German way of intervention in Turkish politics, but a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry, Martin Scheffer explained that the decision was taken by the local authorities and not by the federal government. He said that Ankara was simply “pouring oil on the fire” with the charges.
Despite some efforts to control the rising tensions, the president threw down the gauntlet, warning Germany that Turkey will display all his wrong deeds. “They tell us,” Why are you fueling issue? “Erdogan said.” Just you wait, we just started only. We are going to expose what you have done in many international meetings. “