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Turkey cautions citizens about travel to 'anti-Turkey' Germany

Turkey cautions citizens about travel to 'anti-Turkey' Germany
From Reuters - September 9, 2017

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey cautioned its citizens on Saturday to take care when traveling to Germany, citing what it said was an upswing in anti-Turkish sentiment ahead of a German national election later this month.

The advisory is likely to further exacerbate tensions between the two NATO allies, whose ties have soured following last years failed coup against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his subsequent crackdown on alleged coup supporters.

The political leadership campaigns in Germany are based on anti-Turkey sentiment and preventing our countrys EU membership. The political atmosphere... has actually been under the effects of far-right and even racist rhetoric for some time, Turkeys foreign mininstry said in a statement.

Last weekend German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a televised election debate that she would seek an end to Turkeys membership talks with the European Union, in an apparent shift of her position that infuriated Ankara.

Merkel, whose conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) have long been skeptical about Turkeys EU ambitions, is expected to win a fourth term in office in Germanys Sept. 24 election.

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