Turkey is turning into an authoritarian regime, says German Green MP Cem Özdemir, as checks and balances no longer exist. Relations between Germany and Turkey are not bound to become any easier any time soon.
Cem Özdemir, one of Germany's fiercest critics of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, intends to "send a signal" by attending a dinner for the Turkish president during his state visit. A host of lawmakers have pledged a boycott.
The confusing golden effigy of the Turkish president has been removed by the fire brigade in the western German city of Wiesbaden. It was put up without the knowledge of city officials and was not generally welcomed.
Turkey's new presidential system will officially enter into force on Monday. That will give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan powers that no democratically elected leader of Turkey has ever had.
The Turkish president's hopes of addressing the German-Turkish community are closer to becoming reality. His upcoming state visit was described as a "betrayal" by journalist Deniz Yücel, who was imprisoned in Turkey.
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