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Friday, June 30, 2017

Berlin tells Erdogan: we don't want to hear you

Berlin -- Germany said that it rejected a request by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to speak to ethnic Turks in Germany next week while at the G20 summit.

Erdogan, you may recall, allowed (or ordered) his goons to brutally attack Kurdish protesters at the Turkish embassy in the U.S. He is also turning Turkey into yet another Islamic theocratic state.

Berlin-Ankara relations have deteriorated over Turkey's mass arrests of alleged state enemies after a failed coup last year along with other civil rights issues. That's what tends to happen when a dictator steps in, especially one using the guise of religion to gain power.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said they received a request for Erdogan to be able to address members of three million Turkish diaspora in the European Union.

"I explained weeks ago to my Turkish colleagues that we don't think that would be a good idea," Gabriel said while visiting Russia. He pointed to the lack of adequate police resources around the July 7-8 (G20) summit in Hamburg.

"I also said quite frankly that such an appearance would not be appropriate given the current adversarial situation with Turkey." However, he stressed that Erdogan would be "received with honors" at the summit.

Social Democratic Party candidate for chancellor Martin Schulz said that "foreign politicians who abuse our values must not be allowed to give inflammatory speeches in Germany."

"I don't want Mr. Erdogan, who is jailing members of the opposition and journalists in Turkey, to hold large-scale events in Germany," Schulz told the Bild

Ties have been extremely strained since the failed coup last July in Turkey. Tensions have worsened over a referendum campaign to expand Erdogan's powers, much like that of Egypt's Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Morsi was finally removed from office when he tried to expand his power and rule Egypt like a theocratic nation. Hopefully, the same will happen to Erdogan.

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