Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Turkey court orders release of second German national

Turkey court orders release of second German national

"The political leadership campaigns in Germany are based on anti-Turkish sentiment and preventing our country's European Union membership". "Turkish citizens who live in or who plan to travel to Germany should be cautious and act prudently in cases of possible incidents, behavior or verbal assaults of xenophobia and racism", the Foreign Ministry said.

In July, Germany cautioned its citizens about traveling to Turkey after a series of arrests involving German nationals, but the German Foreign Ministry stopped short of an outright travel warning.

Previously, Turkey blocked a group of German lawmakers from visiting the servicemen at the Incirlik Air Base, prompting German Chancellor Angela Merkel to suggest, that Berlin may consider moving 250 troops, stationed at the Air Base, to one of the neighboring countries. "It is extremely important to keep this predictable relationship with Turkey, based on mutual respect towards each other", Szijjarto added.

A member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling conservative party Henning Otte said "It must be possible for us to visit our soldiers serving overseas", Reuters reported.

Merkel's remarks on Sunday drew a furious response from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who compared them to "Nazism".

Germany has condemned the arrest of around 50,000 people, including German citizens, under the state of emergency imposed in Turkey following the attempted putsch.

Ankara further charged that Germany welcomes terrorist groups, naming the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the network of the US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Terrorists "walk freely on the streets" of Germany, the ministry charged. It also cited fires of "undetermined causes" in immigrant neighborhoods in Germany as well as alleged ill-treatment of Turkish citizens at German airports as a basis for its warning.

The arrests have raised tensions between Ankara and Berlin and led Chancellor Angela Merkel to call for a review of relations and of Turkey's European Union accession talks.

Other strains include local German authorities' refusal earlier this year to allow rallies by Turkish politicians ahead of a referendum on the Turkish president's powers.

Turkey, EU and the U.S. consider to be the PKK to be a terrorist organisation which has conducted a decades-long armed campaign against Turkish state. Berlin has been critical of Turkey's handling of the aftermaths of the coup, which has seen more than 150,000 people jailed or discharged from their jobs.

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