Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was greeted with a protest and controversy in Germany on Friday. As he was on a state visit that was supposed to repair the tensions between two Nato allies which appeared to highlight their divisions.
There were thousands demonstrations on streets of Berlin that said “Erdogan not welcome”. Also a Kurdish activist burnt himself to death in an apparent suicide protest.
Merkel German Chancellor threw Mr Erdogan a lifeline and offered him a full state visit when Turjey is struggling under the weight of US economic sanctions.
“It is important to continue the dialogue with Turkey, because we can only work out our differences by talking,” Mrs Merkel told a joint press conference.
“There is much that unites us: Nato membership, the migrant issue, and the fight against terror.”
“There are still profound differences between us over press freedom and the rule of law.” She also added.
To make his point stronger, Mr Erdogan used a press conference and demanded for the extradition of the prominent Turkish journalist who lived in self-imposed exile in Germany.
Mrs Merkel’s words were undercut and when another journalist was thrown out of the press conference for wearing a T-shirt that said “Freedom for journalists in Turkey”.
The ties between allies have been strained and crackdown bu opponents of regime in Turkey and Mrs Merkel urged Mr Erdogan to free five German citizens who were held in Turkey on “Political Charges”.
To which Mr Erdogan rebuffed the request and responded it by demanding Germany to do more help in Turkey in its crackdown on opponents for the regime.
“I can not interfere in the German justice system or criticise them, nor can you interfere with the Turkish judiciary or criticize them,” he said.
“Germany must be more determined in the fight against terror.”
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