Erdogan urges German-Turks to punish mainstream parties

Aug 20, 2017, 00:47
Erdogan urges German-Turks to punish mainstream parties

Addressing Merkel as "Madam", Erdogan said the Turkish authorities had sent Germany dossiers on 4,500 suspects wanted for extradition to Germany on terror charges and received no answer.

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

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.

Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's Foreign Minister also condemned Erdogan's comments, saying they amounted to, "an unprecedented act of interference in the sovereignty of our country". Gulen, has however, denied the accusations.

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Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin also said the U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis would visit Turkey within days.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Turks living in Germany not to vote for political parties he accused of verbally attacking Turkey to bolster their support before next month's elections, an intervention that risks further tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

German journalist Mesale Tolu has been held on similar charges since May, while activist Peter Steudtner was arrested in a July raid.

The German leader didn't acknowledge the protests in a 32-minute speech that covered the campaign themes of the diesel scandal, her CDU's hewing to a balanced budget and pledges to increase domestic security.

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

The Turkish diaspora in Germany is estimated at about three million.

Doğan Akhanlı, a Turkish-born German author was detained by Spanish police at Turkey's request on Saturday.

In the past, Turkish-origin Germans have inclined to the left, with most voting for the SPD. 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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