Erdogan seems to think that he can benefit from an emotional conflict with Germany, says Niels Annen, SPD foreign policy expert. Speaking to Deutsche Welle, he called on Germany and Turkey to calm down and work together.
The Turkish president has vowed to unblock what was once considered the main gateway for refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe. Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded the US and the EU create a safe zone in northern Syria.
Germany has also called on Turkey to accept the repatriations as part of a 2016 agreement between Ankara and the EU. A recent upswell in illegal crossings has led to rapidly deteriorating conditions in Greek camps.
Three members of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) have been relieved of their positions in three eastern provinces. It's the latest crackdown by Erdogan's government on the opposition.
Munich prosecutors have launched a probe into a company accused of illegally selling spy software, German media report. The FinFisher product was reportedly used against opposition protesters in Turkey.
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