Germany revising travel advice for Turkey

21 Июля, 2017, 00:59 | Author: Marjorie Miles
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Following the failed attempt to overthrow the government, Turkey has cracked down on people suspected of being affiliated with US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused of being behind the failed coup. "We have no other choice - as we are responsible for the safety of our country's citizens - but to adapt our travel and safety advice to Turkey and let Germans know what can happen to them when they travel [there]". Four detainees were released on Tuesday morning, while the other six were jailed ahead of a trial under suspicion of aiding an armed terror group.

He argued that the allegations against the detained German citizens were "unjust", and demanded their release. "The situation around (human rights activist Peter) Steudtner shows that German citizens in Turkey can not be protected from arbitrary detention", he stressed. The German government said their goal was to carry out propaganda in Germany and banned them from holding these events, sparking criticism in Ankara, which accused Berlin of using "Nazi methods" against Turks.

Germany's DIHK chambers of commerce said that in the current environment investing in Turkey was hard to imagine.

Germany's BGA trade association said exports to Turkey would fall significantly should the government implement measures against Turkey over its arrest of a German human rights activist and a German-Turkish journalist.

In a statement, the ministry said that "the independent Turkish judiciary must be trusted".

Turkey blames Gulen and his followers for the failed military coup a year ago, in which over 250 civilians lost their lives in the violence.

The accusations of terrorist activity are "clearly far-fetched", Schaefer said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly said the rights activists now arrested were involved in a meeting that had the "nature of a continuation" of the coup attempt.

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Ibrahim Kalin told reporters Thursday that the German comments were "internal political investments" geared toward increasing votes at upcoming elections in the country, and urged German politicians to act in a more "rational manner".

Report say the threat marks escalation of tension between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Germany and Turkey, who are at loggerheads over a wide range of issues. "There is no such thing".

"Turkey's brutal crackdown on civil society and human rights activists runs contrary to everything that the European Union stands for!" Only China, at $25.4 billion, exported more to Turkey.

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel complained Thursday that dozens of German companies are being accused without evidence of helping terrorists.

"I therefore cannot see how we, as the government, can still guarantee corporate investments in Turkey when we are seeing arbitrary, politically-motivated confiscations [of property] there and arbitrary deportations for political reasons", he underlined. Such guarantees are offered to insure exports to many countries. It said Turkey was Germany's No. 15 export destination and No. 16 source of imports previous year. Accusing Turkey of "departing the basis of European values", the top diplomat also vowed economic retaliation.

Turkey has accused Germany of interfering with the country's efforts to bring terrorists to justice after Berlin condemned Ankara's decision to arrest six human rights activists.

His ministry issued a travel guidance, telling travelers "Foreign ministry sites are not always informed in a timely manner about the detention of German citizens, and access for consular services is not always ensured".

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