BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 20: German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel speaks to the media following the arrest in Turkey of yet another German citizen on charges of supporting terrorism on July 20, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Turkish police arrested German human rights activist Peter Steudtner along with others working for Amnesty International on July 5. There are now nine German citizens in custody in Turkey on similar charges. Gabriel announced the crages against the nine are unfounded and that the German government is undertaking fundamental changes regarding aspects of its foreign policy towards Turkey as a consequence. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Germany’s ex foreign minister criticized U.S. President Donald Trump on August 21 for acting on the ‘negligent” strategy of intimidating Ankara with financial strain and authorizations.

In Berlin, Sigmar Gabriel stated, “Under the Trump administration, the U.S. is now trying to exploit Turkey’s economic difficulties, so to say, it is pushing Turkey off a cliff. I think this is irresponsible.”

The Social Democrat political head laid pressure on the significance of Turkey’s financial constancy for European states, and advised the latter to search for methods to back up Ankara, should it seek financial support from Europe.

“A destabilization of the Turkish economy, its society is not in our interest. The U.S. is far away, but we are neighbors. We have to shoulder any negative consequence,” he added up.

Turkey-U.S. links plunged on Aug. 1, when US president management announced authorizations on Turkey’s internal and justice heads after Ankara said no to roll out an American minister of religion who confronts terrorism-linked charges in Turkey.

On Aug. 10, US president lifted up the bet by doubling up U.S. taxes on Turkish aluminum as well as steel imports.

In return, Turkey lifted up taxes on a number of U.S.-made goods, comprising alcohol and tobacco items in addition to vehicles.

Political worries between Ankara and Washington had actuated fears in markets; however, the Turkish lira has showcased a recovery during the last week, after encouraging messages from European capitals and Qatar’s verdict to make an investment of $15 billion in Turkey.

Hannah Weber

Hannah Weber  is a seasoned journalist with nearly 10 years experience. While studying journalism at FernUniversität Hagen, Hannah found a passion for finding engaging stories.  As a contributor to Deutch News, Hannah mostly covers human interest pieces.


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