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12 September, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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"I want to say very clearly here that every Turkish citizen can travel to us", she said at a rally in Delbrueck in western Germany.

Before Monday's news of additional arrests, 10 Germans were in detention in Turkey, including German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who has been held for over 200 days. "No journalists are jailed here, no journalists put in investigative custody — we have freedom of opinion and the rule of law".

"Political leaders in Germany are establishing their election campaigns on foundations of being anti-Turkey and blocking our country's European Union membership", the Turkish statement said.

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.




While Merkel's Christian Democratic-led bloc leads challenger Martin Schulz's Social Democrats by as many as 16 percentage points in polls, the small but steady protests underscore the well of discontent over her liberal refugee policy that's shifting Germany's political landscape, even as she seeks a fourth term as chancellor on a platform of stability. The Chancellor believes that the issue of Crimea cannot "freeze". "Nazi comparisons offend our honour!" he said, referring to previous exchanges between Ankara and Berlin, in which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeatedly accused the German government of employing "Nazi practices".

In a tit-for-tat update to its own travel guidance, Turkey on Saturday warned citizens living in or travelling to Germany "to be cautious, taking into account the situation in Germany where they could risk xenophobic or racist treatment". Parliamentary elections in Germany are on 24 September. Berlin responded with a call on Erdogan not to "meddle". "It can hit anyone who thinks about entering Turkey".

A travel warning constitutes an "urgent appeal" by the Foreign Office for citizens to refrain from travel in the country or surrounding region and would also call on Germans living in the country to leave.

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