"It’s part and parcel of politics to be fearless and brave," says the deputy leader of the Left parliamentary group, Sevim Dagdelen. She has received threats and lived under police protection for years. She talks about the "long arm" of Erdogan.
The Turkish government accuses left-wing politician Andrej Hunko of supporting the Kurdistan Workers' Party. The group has been labeled a terrorist organization by the EU and the US.
In an interview with DW, Sevim Dagdelen said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was deliberately creating tension ahead of the vote in June. The snap elections are being held during an extended state of emergency.
Last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the Turkish offensive in the Syrian enclave "unacceptable." But that has not stopped her government from selling arms to Turkey, German public media reported.
Jan Böhmermann wants to fight online hate speech with an army of "love" trolls. The controversial satirist has said more than 50,000 people have already signed up to serve on the digital frontline.
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