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.
The German Federation of Journalists and Amnesty International have announced they will hold a joint rally in Berlin to protest Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's state visit this month.
The journalist and translator, who was on remand in Turkey on terror-related charges, has flown home with her three-year-old son. Although a Turkish court lifted her travel ban, she still faces trial in October.
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.
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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