Turkey’s perception of foreign policy
HABERTURK July 21 SOLI OZEL
Turkey’s crisis with Germany is not going to end easily. One of the factors increasing the level of the crisis is that public opinion in both countries has been sharpened during it. Explaining the development that accelerated yesterday by citing the requirements of the German elections is not wrong but seriously incomplete. We can even say that it is more appropriate for Merkel that the Turkey issue is not on the agenda because of reactions from her own public. However, the arrest of German citizens in Turkey, their conditions in prison and the difficulties that German MPs face when visiting their soldiers in Turkey are not kept on the agenda in the German media. From Turkey’s point of view, Germany’s resistance to returning the people thought to be involved in the July 15 coup attempt, not allowing President Erdogan to make a speech in Germany during the G-20 meetings and claims about PKK activities going on for years cause big reactions. At the end of the day, we can only suppose that the crisis is going to intensify.