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German president tells Turkey: Don't cut ties with partners

German president tells Turkey: Don't cut ties with partners

Germany's new president is urging Turkey not to cut ties with its partners and endanger the achievements of recent decades.

He also called on Turkey to safeguard press freedom and release German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who has been detained since January on charges of terrorist propaganda and incitement to hatred.

On Monday, Merkel once again called on Turkey to stop the Nazi comparisons and said Berlin reserved the right to block future appearances by Turkish officials if they did not comply with German law, which explicitly forbids malicious disparagement of the government.

Turkish officials will take part in no further campaign rallies in Germany ahead of an April 16 referendum in Turkey, organizers said on Tuesday, after a key ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they were not welcome in the country.

The April 16 plebiscite is aimed at abolishing the office of the prime minister and giving more executive powers, including issuing decrees, declaring emergency rule, appointing ministers and state officials and dissolving the parliament, to the now largely ceremonial position of president.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, March 19, 2017. His repeated comparisons with Nazi Germany have been strongly condemned by the European Union as well as Berlin and the Hague, precipitating a crisis that has raised doubts over the viability of Turkey's EU bid.

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Relations between Germany and Turkey, a candidate for European Union membership, have deteriorated significantly in the a year ago, especially since a failed coup attempt in Turkey in July.

German media have been claiming for some time that the Turkish President is planning on visiting Germany by the end of March for a meeting with Turkish voters.

Bouffier said a visit by Erdogan would create security problems. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-European rhetoric on Wednesday, warning that the safety of Western citizens could be in peril if European nations persist in what he described as arrogant conduct.

Yucel, a correspondent for Germany's Die Welt newspaper, was arrested after his report about a hacker attack on the email account of the Turkish energy minister, who is Erdogan's son-in-law.

Turkey has expressed anger at perceived slights from Berlin, including a parliamentary motion referring to the 20th century killing of Armenians as "genocide" and the decision by several German cities to ban events at which Turkish officials wanted to campaign for an upcoming referendum on constitutional reform in Turkey.


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