A pair of small German towns have become the latest flashpoints in worsening diplomatic tensions between Ankara and Berlin, as Chancellor Angela Merkel defended decisions to cancel a rally backing political changes in Turkey.
Two months after his arrest in Spain on a Turkish warrant, the German-Turkish writer and Recep Tayyip Erdogan critic Dogan Akhanli has arrived home to Cologne. Before returning, he spoke to DW about his experience.
Frechen has become the third German town in two days to cancel a rally by a Turkish government minister. The move threatens to worsen a dispute between Ankara and Berlin over the arrest of journalist Deniz Yucel.
Ankara has summoned the German ambassador after the city of Gaggenau decided to cancel a referendum rally where Turkey's justice minister was due to speak. Cologne blocked a similar event amid security concerns.
Chancellor Angela Merkel takes a hit but is set for a fourth term. Who will she pick as coalition allies? The Social Democrats sink to a new low, and the populist AfD will be the third power.
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