Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday (August 18th) called on the Turks in Germany not to vote for either the Christian Democratic Party (CDU), the Social Democratic Party (SPD) or the Greens during the September legislative elections. The Turkish president calls these parties ” enemies of Turkey “.
“I say to all my compatriots in Germany: (…) do not support the Christian Democrats, the SPD or the Greens. They are all enemies of Turkey, “Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters, amid tensions between Ankara and Berlin. ” Provide the necessary support to those who do not show hostility towards Turkey. Regardless of whether it is the first or second party, vote for them, “he continued, without naming any political party. ” This is a struggle for the honor of all our citizens living in Germany. ”
Relations between Turkey and Germany have been particularly tense since the failed coup on 15 July 2016, attributed to preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is based in the United States and who denies the facts. Ankara accuses Berlin of showing leniency towards ” terrorists “, sheltering Kurdish separatists and alleged coup plotters.
In particular, the Turkish government sent a diplomatic note to Berlin this week asking Adil Oksuz, who is considered the operational leader of the putschists, who is currently on the run and that some rumors are located in Germany, is being sought and extradited to Turkey.
Berlin condemns purges
Germany, for its part, strongly condemns the scale of the purges undertaken in Turkey after the missed coup, during which more than 50,000 people were arrested.
There are currently 10 German citizens, some with dual nationality, detained in Turkey, German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said on Wednesday. Among them, Deniz Yücel, a German-Turkish journalist, correspondent of the German newspaper Die Welt , detained since February.
The SPD, whose chancellor is former parliament speaker Martin Schulz, and Angela Merkel’s CDU are opposed in the upcoming elections, but have a common position on Turkey in the current coalition in power. The Greens call for a much tougher line against Turkey. Their co-president, Cem Özdemir, himself of Turkish origin, is extremely critical of President Erdogan.