Germany says it can't trust Turkey's word on jailed journalist

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters during a ceremony in Afyonkarahisar Turkey

Europe has become increasingly Islamophobic and xenophobic, with racist sentiments and attacks against Muslims and non-white refugees, migrants and even naturalised citizens increasing at an alarming rate. "Educate your children at better schools, make sure your family live in better areas, drive in the best cars, live in the best houses", Erdogan said at a televised rally Friday, according to AFP.

Soylu issued the threat on Thursday following a diplomatic row between Ankara and Germany and The Netherlands, fuelled by the latter's ban on allowing Turkish ministers to stage rallies there.

In the Turkish referendum on April 16, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be seeking support for constitutional changes that would effectively scrap the current parliamentary system and strengthen his own position. I'm telling you Europe, do you have that courage?

Turkish authorities have arrested more than 41,000 people and fired or suspended 100,000 since July, many of them teachers, police, magistrates or journalists.

Several days later, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte saw off a challenge from far-right politician Geert Wilders at the ballot box, to the relief of other European Union leaders. While European leaders are generally wary of Turkey's desire to enter the bloc, Ankara has accused Brussels of giving it second-class treatment and demonstrating a lack of commitment to strengthening ties.

Mr Kahl said the Turkish government's purges of suspected Gulen supporters after the coup attempt would have taken place in any case.

Der Spiegel reported that Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim had promised German Chancellor Angela Merkel consular access to Yucel in a telephone call on March 4 but Ankara had not followed up on the promise.

"We are not taking part in a game of provocation", German deputy government spokesman Georg Streiter said in response to the newspaper splash.

Turkish leaders threaten to "blow" Europe's mind by sending over 15,000 refugees a month.

"Whoever crosses the line should not believe that he is allowed to propagate his political views [here in Germany]", the foreign minister stressed.

European Union officials have repeatedly warned Turkey that reinstating the death penalty would bring an end to more than 50 years of trying to join the bloc.

The deal, which was reached on March 18 previous year, substantially reduced the flow of migrants to the EU which had peaked in 2015, and was exploited by the European far right. "You have to keep in mind that you can not design a game in this region in spite of Turkey", Soylu said.

The EU says it expects Turkey to continue implementing the deal.



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