Ankara mayor slams German Green party leader for 'treachery'

Posted August 20, 2017

Turkey's president has condemned Germany's mainstream parties and urged German-Turkish voters not to support them in the country's upcoming elections.

Oksuz is accused by Turkey of being the main conduit between Gulen and the military officers who carrying out the attempted putsch, which led to more than 200 deaths.

"Erdogan has lost any sense of proportion", Schulz wrote on Twitter. "Vote for those who are not hostile to Turkey".

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Turkey accuses Germany of providing a safe haven to Kurdish militants and suspects wanted for alleged links to last year's failed coup, while Germany protests the arrest of several of its citizens in Turkey since the coup. 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". Atila Karaborklu, the co-chairman of Germany's Turkish Community association, accused Erdogan of "seeking to divide German society". German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party was included on the list.

"Erdogan's interference in Germany's electoral campaign shows that he wants to incite people in Germany against each other", he said.

Tensions further rose after Ankara's repeated refusals to grant German lawmakers access to their forces deployed in Turkey, prompting Berlin to relocate a number of soldiers from Incirlik air base to Jordan. On Friday, he explicitly told Germany's Turkish community not to vote for any of the major parties on September 24.

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Turkey is not pushing for an update of the Customs Union agreement with the European Union, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday.

In the run-up to the referendum, German authorities prevented Turkish politicians from speaking to rallies of Turkish citizens in Germany, infuriating Ankara. A number of German nationals, including Die Welt reporter Deniz Yucel, have been detained in Turkey on terrorism charges.

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