Thursday, 29 June 2017

Germany blocks Erdogan rally during G20 summit in Hamburg

Germany says it would be inappropriate for Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to address Turks in Germany during the G20 summit next week.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Turkey had made such a request officially, but "it's not a good idea". "We have constitutional justification for doing this," he said.

Hamburg will host the G20 on 7-8 July.

Turkey was angered by Germany's refusal to let pro-Erdogan politicians address campaign rallies in Germany in March.

Mr Erdogan castigated Germany for the ban, accusing the government of "Nazi-style" behaviour.
Turkish ministers wanted to woo Turkish diaspora voters ahead of the April constitutional referendum, in which Mr Erdogan won sweeping new powers.

German-Turkish relations remain tense. The two countries are Nato partners, but Germany has decided to relocate its aircraft from Turkey's Incirlik airbase.

BBC     News.

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