The German foreign minister has called on Turkey to adhere to EU values of artistic and press freedom. The comments came after a diplomatic spat over a German TV video satirizing Turkish president Erdogan. Critics say Berlin’s response has been weak
Arrest warrants have been issued for 35 media professionals and at least nine were arrested in a series of raids. Reporters Without Borders ranks Turkey at 155 out of 180 countries in its press freedom index.
Turkey is set to replace the leaders of its military forces for land, sea and air, local media say. The decision, to be approved by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, comes just over a year after a failed military coup.
Ankara has formally requested that Berlin arrest and extradite a man suspected of playing a major role in last year's failed coup. The request follows reports suggesting the theology lecturer was spotted in Germany.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has praised his government's move to put "economic pressure" on Turkey. Germany overhauled its policy toward Turkey in response to the jailing of German journalists and activists.
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