Germany Turkey Tensions on Rise following Nazi Comment by Erdogan

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Turkey's diplomatic relations with numerous European Union nations have been nosediving over the past months after the European countries refused to allow Turkish ministers to campaign for an upcoming referendum in their country. "When we call them Nazis, they [European leaders] get uncomfortable", he said.

The tensions between Ankara and Berlin continue to increase as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's spokesperson stated that additional rallies in support of Erdoğan will be held in Germany and Turkish ministers will attend them. "Especially Merkel", Erdogan said in a televised speech.

Turkish officials have been further angered over the weekend after Bruno Kahlmade, the German foreign intelligence chief, said Turkey "failed to convince" Germany that the organisation of Fethullah Gulen, a religious leader and businessman who is in a self-imposed exile in the United States, was directly behind last year's coup attempt.

"Against who? My Turkish brother citizens in Germany and brother ministers" who went to the country to hold campaign rallies for a "yes" vote in next month's referendum, he said.

Some local German authorities have chose to block appearances by Turkish ministers, but Merkel's federal government - unlike its Dutch counterpart - so far has made no such decisions.

In yet another row, Turkey reacted furiously to a Frankfurt rally on Saturday urging a "no" vote where protesters brandished insignia of outlawed Kurdish militants.

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Erdoğan's spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said during an interview with CNN TURK that "Turkophobia is on the rise in Europe".

"The German ambassador was invited, summoned, to the Foreign Ministry and this [rally] was condemned in the strongest way", he said as reported by Deutsche Welle. "Because these are useful instruments for Germany to use against Turkey", the Erdogan spokesman said.

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel responded to Erdogan's comments by calling them "shocking".

Turkey's Foreign Ministry issued a condemnation of the rally, noting in a statement that the event included "symbols of the PKK terrorist organization and images of the chief terrorist".

Political columnist Semih Idiz of Al Monitor website says the Europe is becoming increasingly embroiled in Turkish politics. But Erdogan said he would sign it immediately. Against my brothers who live in Germany, and against my ministers and lawmakers who visit there.

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