Germany and Turkey Expose Deep Divides at G20

Reuters news agency reports German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that her bilateral meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan revealed deep differences between the two NATO allies. Speaking to reports at the end of the two day G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Chancellor Merkel said, “The many arrests, the overall actions in Turkey, and the failure to allow visits to Incirlik (air base) – those are all developments that show deep differences and we did not sweep them under the table.” Chancellor Merkel went on to say President Erdogan and Turkey were very engaged in the summit and G20 members did acknowledge Turkey’s contribution in caring for millions of refugees from Syria and Iraq.

Earlier this year President Erdogan lashed out at Germany for blocking several political rallies on its soil in the run-up to a referendum in Turkey. Speaking at a woman’s rally in March in Istanbul, President Erdogan said, “Your practices are not different from the Nazi practices of the past.”

Reuters report found here.

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