Germany's Turkish diaspora has been assured that it is part of the fabric of the nation despite difficult relations between Berlin and Ankara. A letter by Germany's foreign minister has been published in a newspaper.
Foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel has announced a review of German state guarantees for financing exports to Turkey, and warned citizens to be careful when travelling to the country amid escalating tensions.
Germany's Foreign Ministry has summoned Turkey's ambassador to Berlin over the arrests of human rights activists, including German citizen Peter Steudtner. The Foreign Ministry issued a sharply worded statement.
The German government is no longer just verbally distancing itself from Ankara, but taking concrete measures. This move is long overdue, but there is no certainty that it will bring results, writes DW's Christoph Strack.
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