NATO ally Turkey seems to be going out of its way to tweak German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Last month, Turkey arrested, among others, a German citizen, and Merkel called the move “unacceptable.”
Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have been unimpressed because his government just arrested two more Germans. Merkel has now declared that “decisive action” must be taken. She does not specify what action she means, though she does threaten to “rethink” Germany’s relations with Turkey.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said Germany should react decisively to Ankara’s detention of two further German citizens, amid growing calls for Berlin to issue a formal travel warning for Germans heading to Turkey.
Twelve German citizens are now in Turkish detention on political charges, four of them holding dual citizenship. Among these is German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who will have been in detention 200 days on Friday.
Under the circumstances, Merkel said she did not think it was appropriate to carry out further discussions with Ankara about its participation in a European Union customs union.
“We must react decisively,” Merkel told a business event in the southern city of Nuremberg, noting that Germany had already fundamentally revamped its relations with Ankara.