Stop the Nazi trash talk, chan­cel­lor tells Turkey

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - FOREIGN NEWS -

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

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