Ahead of Turkish President Erdogan's trip to Germany in September, the SPD's Andrea Nahles has said German aid is a possibility. It comes as tensions between the US and Turkey rise over the house arrest of a US pastor.
The head of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD), Andrea Nahles, has said there could be circumstances in which Germany would provide financial assistance to Turkey during its economic crisis.
"A situation might arise where Germany needs to help Turkey, regardless of political tensions with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan," Nahles said in an interview published in German Funke media group newspapers on Sunday.
"The federal government must remain in dialogue with Turkey at all levels," she said.
"It is my clear expectation of the chancellor that, of course, critical issues will also be addressed. In particular, this includes the arrest and detention of German nationals in Turkey," she continued.
Nahles' party colleague, the former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, has also voiced an urgent appeal to both Germany and Europe not to isolate Turkey.
"In our own interest, we must do everything to keep Turkey in the West," Gabriel told newspapers from the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND).
Gabriel warned that Europe, and not the USA, would pay the price if Turkey were destabilized by sanctions imposed by Washington. He said the consequences could be economic disruption and an increase in the number of migrants and refugees coming from the country.
He also prophesized that "nationalistic forces" in Turkey could "reach for the atom bomb, as in Iran and North Korea, to make themselves unassailable."
Possible IMF aid
According to a report from German news magazine Der Spiegel, Germany has urged Turkey to accept an International Monetary Fund aid program.
The issue is said to have been discussed during a phone call between Germany's Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and his Turkish counterpart Berat Albayrak last Thursday, Spiegel reported.