Germany puts economic pressure on Turkey in rights row

Published on : Friday, July 21, 2017

GermanyVery recently on Thursday, Germany informed its citizens to use vigilance if by any chance they are traveling to Turkey. Also, highlighted measures that have the possibility to hold back German investment there, in a sign of increasing annoyance with a NATO ally after the custody of rights activists.

The Bild newspaper explained the government sources said that Berlin is yet to release the arms projects with Ankara as its still on hold.

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel emphasized alarm at what Berlin views as kind of an increasing volatility of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. “Everyone can be affected. The most absurd things are possible,” he said in advice to travelers.

Gabriel called off his vacation plans to handle the crisis after Turkey imprisoned six human rights activists which included German national Peter Steudtner on the charge of terrorism, the newest addition in a chain of diplomatic rows.

Germany, Turkey’s chief export partner, described the accusation as ridiculous.

“We need our policies towards Turkey to go in a new direction…we can’t continue as we have done,” Gabriel informed the reporters in a strangely direct language while dealing with sensitive commercial matters including corporate investment guarantees.

In return, the Turkish foreign ministry expressed that it would surely make the “necessary response” as a reply to the comments it described as unfair.


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