Erdogan calls on Turks in Germany to reject main parties - Standard

Erdogan calls on Turks in Germany to reject main parties - Standard

"Turkey had demands but unfortunately a positive response could not be given to Turkey's expectations", said Bozdag, speaking to reporters in Yozgat. The Navies of the two countries will visit each other. Gulen, has however, denied the accusations.

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.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waded into the German election campaign on Friday, calling on Turkish expatriates to vote against politicians he considered "enemies" of his country.

"I call on them not to vote for those parties who have been engaged in such aggressive, disrespectful attitudes against Turkey, and I invite them to teach a lesson to those political parties at the ballot box", he said.

"Because elections and the weeks of campaigning before that are a celebration of democracy, and therefore a celebration of our freedom", she said.

"They are all enemies of Turkey".

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Gabriel's SPD - whose candidate for the chancellorship is ex-EU parliament speaker Martin Schulz - and Merkel's CDU are rivals in the election.

"Give necessary support to political parties that do not engage in enmity against Turkey", he added. His aim is "to hurt German democracy", charged Karaborklu.

Atila Karaborklu, the co-chairman of Germany's Turkish Community association, accused Erdogan of "seeking to divide German society".

The Turkish diaspora in Germany is estimated at about three million. Many of them came, or are the descendants of those who came, to West Germany as gastarbeiter (guest workers) from the 1960s, to make up for a postwar labour shortage.

In a potential further bone of contention, Dogan Akhanli, a German writer of Turkish origin who has written extensively on Turkey's human-rights record, was arrested in Spain on Saturday at Ankara's request, Greens MP Volker Beck said.

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