March 23, 2017

Germany says it can't trust Turkey's word on jailed journalist

20 March 2017, 11:20 | Darnell Patrick

Germany says it can't trust Turkey's word on jailed journalist

Bozdag Some EU members do not want a strong Turkey

Turkey and Europe are locked in diplomatic crisis after Germany and the Netherlands blocked Turkish ministers from campaigning for a "yes" vote in next month's referendum on expanding Erdogan's powers.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, having already accused European Union members Germany and the Netherlands of being fascists and Nazis, has extended his war of words to the entire bloc.

Turkey and the European Union are locked in their most explosive row in years after Germany and the Netherlands blocked Turkish ministers from campaigning for a "yes" vote in an April referendum on expanding Mr Erdogan's powers.

More than 1 million migrants reportedly traveled to Europe by sea in 2015, while almost 35,000 did so by land, according to The International Organization for Migration. Political consultant Atilla Yesilada of Global Source Partners says the attacks on Europe are an attempt by Erdogan to consolidate nationalist and religious voters ahead of next month's referendum.

"Since the agreement there are about a million refugees who have not made the attempt to come to Europe via a unsafe route, who have not given the last money that they and their family are able to scrape together to unscrupulous smugglers", Winterstein said, "and I would like you to think about these people or about the 1,000 refugees who did not die at sea compared to the year before".

"Make not three, but five children".

Amnesty International reports that five refugees, including one child, have died on the island of Lesbos owing to the bad conditions.

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"This is the best answer to the rudeness shown to you, the enmity, the wrongs", he said in a televised speech in Eskisehir, a city south of Istanbul.

But millions more people living in western Europe states have Turkish roots.

Colakoglu also said the divisive elections in The Netherlands - in which far-right leader Geert Wilders targeted an alleged Muslim threat to Dutch identity - had additionally fuelled tensions.

On Friday a Turkish pro-government newspaper depicted Chancellor Angela Merkel in a Nazi uniform with a Hitler-style moustache, labelling the German leader "She Hitler".

"Turkey-EU is a closed file", added the European affairs expert. Berlin reacted by saying it will not take part "in a game of provocation".

"Whoever crosses the line should not believe that he is allowed to propagate his political views [here in Germany]", the foreign minister stressed. Let us remind you that you can not play games in this region and ignore Turkey, ' he added.

Suleyman Soylu is threatening the landmark deal signed by Ankara and Brussels last March that has substantially lessened the flow of migrants from Turkey to Europe.

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