Turkish President Erdogan has once again attacked German Chancellor Merkel and the Dutch government, telling Germany and the Netherlands that they're bandit nations. Germany's interior minister retorted that he was losing patience with Erdogan.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has become an icon. Abroad, she's held in high esteem due to the length of her tenure and her conduct during Europe's refugee crisis. But back home, support for Merkel is waning.
The allegations that Turkish imams spied on opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Germany caused an uproar. Prosecutors in Karlsruhe have dropped the investigation.
Peter Steudtner, the German rights activist who was detained for four months in Istanbul, has told DW about life in Turkish prison. He decried Turkey's judicial system, where German citizens are held without charge.
Turkey's founding leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were both listed as enemy targets in a NATO joint military exercise. NATO has apologized for the gaffe and blamed it on an underling.
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