In Ankara and Istanbul, German diplomatic missions and schools have been closed. Threats and terror attacks, including one that killed 12 German tourists, have resulted in escalated security and travel advisories from the German foreign ministry.
One year ago, Turkish police erected barriers around a monument in Ankara dedicated to human rights. The statue has become a symbol of the country's state of emergency — and the erosion of human rights it brings.
Once the symbol of modern Turkey, the Ataturk Cultural Center has been abandoned for a decade since closing in 2008. Amid furious debate about its future, many are unhappy with the current grand plans for the site.
Germany and Turkey both want to host Euro 2024 and the deadline for applications is now up. Turkey's chances are considered decent — because of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and despite his recent human rights record.
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