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Tension between Germany and Turkey


Activists in Turkey have continued their presence in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, holding a silent protest.

In Ankara, there more demonstrations against the police detention of activists.

Meanwhile, their politicians thoughts are elsewhere after a potentially damaging fall out with Germany.

Both countries Foreign Ministries have summoned the other’s ambassador for talks.

Turkey has accused Angela Merkel of attacking it for political gain, after she criticised the country earlier in the week for its treatment of protestors.

Turkey’s European Union Affairs Minister, Egemen Bagis, warned Merkel not to interfere.

“As you know there are elections in September in Germany. So, if Mrs Merkel is looking for domestic election material, it should not be Turkey. “ Bagis said. He added, “If Mrs Merkel looks at what happened with Sarkozy, who massively exploited this situation before, she can clearly see the consequences. The ones who mess with Turkey do not end up well.”

The accusations have angered the German government. Andreas Peschke, spokesman for the German Department of Foreign Affairs, said:

“These remarks were received with incomprehension here, it does not work that way, and that is why the Turkish ambassador was summoned.”

On Thursday, Germany, along with the Netherlands, blocked the next stage of talks for Turkey to join the EU. The German government refused to say whether the decision was linked to the Turkish crackdown.

On the ground in Turkey, people say they want their Government to focus its attention on affairs at home rather than abroad.

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