Spy comments proof Germany supports group behind attempted coup: Erdogan spokesman

Cheryl Sanders
March 20, 2017

Erdogan has long-complained that Germany is not doing enough to fight the PKK and is not helping him to crack down on the followers of Fethullah Gulen, an exiled Muslim guru, whom the Turkish president says organised last July's failed coup in Turkey.

He attacked German chancellor Angela Merkel again on Sunday, accusing her of using "Nazi measures", according to Agence France-Presse.

BERLIN-Senior German officials cast doubt last Saturday on Turkey's chances of joining the European Union, amid growing tensions with Ankara over human rights and Turkey's claim that it's being treated unfairly by countries in western Europe.

Julia Kloeckner, vice-president of Merkel's CDU party, also reacted strongly to Erdogan's comments stating that the Turkish leader seemed to have "lost his mind".

The tensions between Ankara and Berlin continue to increase as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's spokesperson stated that additional rallies in support of Erdoğan will be held in Germany and Turkish ministers will attend them.

On Wednesday Martin Schaefer, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said the German government had approved voting by the estimated 1.4 million Turks living in Germany who are eligible to cast ballots in the April 16 referendum.

"Against whom? Against my Turkish brothers and sisters in Germany, against my minister brothers and sisters, against parliamentary brothers and sisters who travel there".

"We condemn this insincere approach", the statement said, adding that a message was conveyed to the German ambassador.

The ban on Turkish officials addressing rallies of expatriate Turks in various European countries, including the Netherlands and Germany, has brought relations between Ankara and the EU to a new low.

He also accused Deniz Yucel, a Turkish-German journalist, of being a Kurdish "terror agent".

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel responded to Erdogan's comments by calling them "shocking".

Turkey condemned the gathering as "unacceptable" and accused Germany of hypocrisy for allowing it. The referendum on the proposed changes in the constitution will grant broad new powers under an executive presidential system to the Turkish president.

In an interview with newsweekly Der Spiegel published Saturday, Federal Intelligence Service (BND) head Bruno Kahl said of Gulen's role in the coup, "Turkey has tried on different levels to convince us of that, but they have not succeeded".

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