Cemile Giousouf, first Muslim CDU member of the Bundestag, is against prohibiting campaign appearances by Turkish politicians in Germany. Yet she also fears that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan aims to establish an “arbitrary regime” in Turkey.
Chancellor Angela Merkel met Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Berlin amid hopes of improved relations and some movement on the case of jailed journalist Deniz Yücel. But there was little progress.
Relations between Germany and Turkey have been strained for months. But tensions appear to be easing. Now Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan apparently would even like to invite the German chancellor to his country.
Turkish President Erdogan has been denied a request to address a rally of supporters in Germany on the sidelines of the G20 summit. German-Turkish relations have sunk from bad to worse over the past year.
After rejecting the Turkish president's remarks, Berlin has urged both countries to "keep cool heads." Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused German authorities of "Nazi practices" after several cities canceled referendum rallies.
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