A German satirist's poem poking fun at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the arrest of a German-Turkish journalist in Istanbul have further fanned tensions between the two countries. Yucel is now facing trial in Turkey accused by Erdogan of spreading terrorist propaganda and being a German spy.
"Enough is enough: The same Germany that stops Turkish ministers from speaking in public has approved a rally for the PKK supporters".
Gabriel's interview came as a political crisis is unfolding between Turkey and several European countries that have banned pro-Erdogan rallies and events at which top-tier Turkish officials had been invited to speak.
"From here I say to my citizens, I say to my brothers and sisters in Europe".
"Despite challenging circumstances, the first year of the EU-Turkey Statement has confirmed a steady delivery of tangible results", announced the factsheet.
"Turkey-EU is a closed file", added the European affairs expert. In fact both scenarios are seen as a win-win scenario for the ruling AKP party in Turkey.
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He told Der Spiegel that upcoming negotiations about the EU's future relationship with Britain might provide a blueprint for Turkey "in the long term".
According to a survey by German broadcaster ZDF %83 of Germans were against Turkish campaign rallies while only %15 voted in favor of such conventions. "We have done everything for that and the Turkish people are fed up of waiting", he said, preferring to stay anonymous. In Germany 1.4 million who are eligible to vote.
In response, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu threatened to "blow the mind" of Europe by sending 15,000 refugees a month to European Union territory, which would endanger a year-old migrant deal between Ankara and Brussels to reduce the flow of migrants.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said Europe is heading for "wars of religion" and Dutch politicians are taking the continent "to a cliff".
Some even believe there is a link to Berlin's reported decision to ban symbols used by Kurdish political and military groups, including the flag of YPG militia in Syria as well as a portrait of an outlawed Kurdish party leader. As we documented, Erdogan already has purged academia and the media.