Stop the Nazi trash talk, chancellor tells Turkey
Chancellor Angela Merkel said her demand for Turkey to cease drawing Nazi comparisons with Germany and its allies applies “without ifs or buts”.
She also pointed to a government threat last week that it could prevent Turkish politicians from entering the country.
Her comments came after Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused her personally of “committing Nazi practices”. It was the latest in a string of comments by Turkish officials drawing Nazi parallels with presentday Germany in a dispute over restrictions on Turkish ministers campaigning there for a referendum in their own country which is aimed at consolidating Mr Erdogan’s power. Mrs Merkel’s federal government – unlike its Dutch counterpart – has made no such decisions so far. Her chief of staff, though, said it reserves the right to impose entry bans as a “last resort”.
Mrs Merkel said yesterday: “We are not going to allow every taboo to be broken with no regard to the suffering of those who were persecuted and murdered under Nazism.” She cited her government’s decision to allow Turkish referendum polling stations in Germany, in which Ankara was told that appearances by Turkish politicians must respect the principles of the German constitution.
Turkey’s President Erdogan