The latest approach by Germany and the EU “attacking Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan” is a reflection of Europe’s “narrowing horizon,” presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said on Sept. 4.

Turkey hits back after Merkel says EU should scrap accession talks

Ankara accuses Germany of populism after the chancellor and her rival Martin Schulz say Turkey should not become member

The Turkish government has accused Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz of practising the politics of populism and exclusion after the German election frontrunners agreed that the EU should break off negotiations over future Turkish membership.

German Chancellor Merkel and her opponent, SPD’s candidate for the German Chancellorship Schulz facing off in a TV election debate have also discussed over Turkey’s EU membership negotiations.
New York Times – Rick Gladstone – Sep 1, 1:12 PM

Turkey ‘s president denounced what he called the “scandalous” American judicial system on Friday, responding to new indictments of his bodyguards over a brawl during his visit to Washington in May. The remarks in Istanbul by th

A grand jury on Aug. 29 indicted 19 people, including 15 Turkish security officials, in connection with a brawl in Washington between protesters and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security personnel in May, U.S. prosecutors said.
In a statement issued after the bairam prayer, President Erdoğan has responded to French President Macron’s comments about him.
Erdoğan said he was not at the point of clearing up his French counterpart President Emmanuel Macr
France’s President, Macron, has said life as a world leader is less “cool” than it might seem, citing talks with Turkish counterpart Erdogan as an example.
Turkey will never be a member of the European Union as long as it is governed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Aug. 24
“Several German citizens are being held in prison, which we believe is unjustified. We therefore decided to take a new direction in our policy towards Turkey”, German Chancellor said in a press conference.

 

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For the first time since the country gained independence in 1992, a Macedonian court has applied the lèse-majesté (royal insult) portion of the Criminal Code in order to protect a president — though not the president of Macedonia.

Two more German citizens have been detained in Turkey “for political reasons”, Berlin said Sept. 1, bringing the total number of German political prisoners in Turkish custody to 12 amid badly frayed ties between the countries.
Aslı Erdoğan, a prominent Turkish novelist, has said she is upset about being unable to travel to Germany to receive a peace prize since her passport, which was previously seized amid her trial on terror charges, has not yet been returned.
Germany has rejected a formal request from Turkey to freeze the assets of members of the network of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, widely believed to have been behind the failed July 15, 2016 coup attempt, the Spiegel magazine reported on Sept. 2.

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