Germany to Erdogan: You've gone too far

Discussion in 'Israel & Middle East News' started by Almost Heaven, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Almost Heaven

    Almost Heaven Well-Known Member

    Germany said on Sunday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had gone too far after he accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of using "Nazi measures", AFP reports.

    Turkey and the European Union are currently locked in a crisis ahead of an April 16 referendum on expanding Erdogan's powers.

    The row erupted after authorities in Germany and other EU states refused to allow some Turkish ministers to campaign for a “yes” vote on their soil, provoking angry reactions from Erdogan.

    The Turkish President on Sunday said the spirit of Nazi Germany was rampant in Europe.

    "When we call them Nazis they (Europe) get uncomfortable. They rally together in solidarity. Especially Merkel," Erdogan was quoted as having said in a televised speech on Sunday.

    "But you are right now employing Nazi measures," Erdogan said in a reference to Merkel, while pointedly using the informal "you" in Turkish.

    "Against who? My Turkish brother citizens in Germany and brother ministers" who planned to hold campaign rallies for a 'yes' vote in the referendum, continued the Turkish leader.

    Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel later branded Erdogan's comments "shocking".

    "We are tolerant but we're not stupid," he was quoted as having told the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper. "That's why I have let my Turkish counterpart know very clearly that a boundary has been crossed here."

    Julia Kloeckner, the vice-president of Merkel's party, also reacted angrily to the comments, telling journalists, "Has Mr. Erdogan lost his mind?"

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  2. DanLMP

    DanLMP Well-Known Member

    Having Merkel as a shining example of the phenomenon, Kloeckner can use her as a litmus test for Erdogan.
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