Erdogan wades into German election, Berlin hits back

"Germany supports the PKK", said Bozdag. Yet the presence of loud demonstrators, a relative rarity during her rallies, hinted at the lingering tensions that have dogged Merkel since the refugee crisis exploded two years ago - and the residual anger that could inject uncertainty into the September 24 election outcome.

"I am calling on all my countrymen in Germany: the Christian Democrats, SDP, the Green Party are all enemies of Turkey".

In recent months, Turkey's Foreign Ministry has accused Germany of having double standards and of supporting "terrorists", after German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel lambasted Turkey for arresting six human rights activists. Gulen, has however, denied the accusations.

Earlier, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag, who is also the official government spokesman, defended Erdogan's comments and said the reactions were "very disrespectful and very arrogant" and "beyond the bounds of decency".

Turkey's presidential spokesman on Thursday said Ankara hoped the German authorities would investigate recent media reports claiming a key suspect from last year's defeated coup is living in the European Union country. "We stand even more with those who are fighting for a free and democratic Turkey".

"There have been nine German citizens arrested in Turkey on unknown or far-fetched charges", Gabriel said.

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German news agency dpa reports that Akhanli only has German citizenship.

In July, Germany announced that it was losing patience with Turkey, urging Ankara to release Germans detained on terrorism charges and to "return to European values", or face shrinking investment, restrictions on tourism, and curbs to EU financial aid.

Baqeri's trip to Ankara came days ahead of a planned visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Do not say that my vote will be in lost if I vote for this or that party.

That same month, Ankara again ruffled Berlin's feathers when it withdrew permission granted to German lawmakers to visit troops stationed at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation base in Konya, in Turkey's southwest.

"First of all, our demand is, of course, that the German authorities start the necessary procedures to extradite that person [Oksuz] to Turkey from the moment that he was seen in Germany". The troops were later relocated to Jordan.

  • Megan Austin