Turkey and Germany urgently need to calm down

Germany vows to overhaul Turkey ties as row escalates

The government stepped up its travel advisory for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally as Gabriel warned it could no longer guarantee its citizens' safety in the face of "arbitrary" mass arrests, a step set to hit a sector crucial to Turkey's ailing economy.

Erdogan accused Merkel's government of behaving like the Nazis in comments that sparked fury across the political spectrum in Germany.

The countries also have tangled over Turkey blocking German lawmakers' visits to German troops serving in the campaign against the Islamic State group at two Turkish air bases and over authorities' refusal to allow rallies by Turkish government politicians in Germany.

That means the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (Bafa) probably can not issue new export approvals, but projects already agreed will not be affected initially. It is time for common sense and to responsibly handle the crisis, keeping in mind that breaking Turkey-German bonds will lead to so many new fault lines between Turkey and the rest of Europe.

On Friday, the Economy Ministry said all applications for the export of defense equipment to Turkey are being put under examination. It gave no details, but said exports worth 83.9 million euros ($97 million) were approved last year and another 22 million euros-worth in this year's first four months. "You can never scare us with such things", Erdogan warned.

Schaeuble said those who travelled to the former Communist East before it collapsed in 1990 were aware that "if something happens to you, no one can help you". I strongly condemn the comments of the German Minister.

The immediate trigger of Germany's ire was a Turkish court's decision Tuesday to jail Steudtner and the other activists, including Amnesty International's Turkey director and a Swedish IT trainer, who were detained in a July 5 police raid on a hotel on the island of Buyukada, where they were attending a digital security workshop. Turkey's referendum process in the first part of the year and German parliamentary elections slated to take place on September 24 make the need to find responsible voices to calm down and find a healthy dialogue channel almost impossible.

The foreign ministry followed up with a formal warning that German citizens detained in Turkey have been refused consular access in violation of worldwide law, DW reports.

Turkey's Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci told Reuters Germany's behaviour in cautioning its citizens over travel to Turkey was "unfortunate", but he did not see harm accruing to tourism. Since then, tens of thousands of people have been arrested and more than 100,000 have lost their jobs in Turkey.

They may have extended to German companies.

In Berlin, Germany's Economy Ministry said it's putting all applications for the export of defense equipment to Turkey under examination.

Before the failed coup and the massive crackdown which followed, members of Gulen's movement were accused of running a parallel shadow government after gaining control of state institutions which included the military and the judiciary.

Last year, the number of foreign visitors to Turkey fell 30 percent amid bombings by Kurdish and Islamist militants, the lowest in nine years.



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