Germany warns Turkey of reprisals over refusal to free activist

21 July, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • Press TV

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said he also can't see how the German government can continue to guarantee German companies' investments in Turkey in light of the threat of "arbitrary expropriations for political reasons".

Earlier, Gabriel cast doubt on Turkey's aspirations to join the EU.

He described Gabriel's comments as "ill-tempered" and said his German counterpart's comments do not comply with norms of worldwide relations.

It is extremely hard for German companies to make investments in Turkey under the current political climate in the country, German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said on Thursday.

Before that, Turkey accused Germany and other European nations such as Greece of providing shelter to those who took part in the failed military coup in Turkey previous year.

The move prompted Germany to summon the Turkish ambassador to Berlin and raise the possibility of suspending aid sent to Turkey.

Berlin on Wednesday summoned Turkey's ambassador over the detention of a German human rights activist and issued a fresh warning about the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner's respect for the rule of law.

Steudtner "is not a Turkey expert, he may even have been in Turkey for the first time. he has neither written, spoken or published about Turkey nor does he have close contacts to Turkish politicians, the opposition or society", Gabriel said. Twenty-two German citizens have been taken into custody in the ensuing crackdown. "We have no other choice - because we are responsible for the protection of the citizens of our country - but to adapt our travel and safety advisory to Turkey and let Germans know what can happen to them when they travel to Turkey".

Relations between Germany and Turkey are increasingly strained.

The immediate trigger of Germany's anger was a Turkish court's decision July 18 to jail Steudtner and other activists, including Amnesty International's Turkey director and a Swedish IT trainer, who were detained in a July 5 security raid on a hotel on the island of Buyukada, where they were attending a digital-security workshop.

"Turkey turning away from Europe is not in Germany's or Europe's interest", he said.

In its statement, Germany's BGA exporters association added that "we must expect significant declines in exports if the measures under consideration are implemented" but that would not pose a major problem for German foreign trade as a whole.

He added that Germany also wants to discuss pre-accession funding to Turkey from the European Union.

Since the coup attempt, almost 4,000 FETO suspects have come to Germany from Turkey and other countries, according to local media reports.

Germany on Thursday announced it was considering pulling back from investments in Turkey as part of a range of steps in response to Ankara's refusal to address concerns about the imprisonment of a German human rights activist.

"The comments again show the double standards in their approach to the law of those who prevent terrorists being brought to justice while embracing members of terrorist groups which target our country", the ministry said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, described the terror accusations as "a transparent attempt to discredit and criminalize dissenters".

Turkey's foreign minister has accused Germany of engaging in "blackmail and threats" against Turkey and says Ankara would reciprocate those threats.

The foreign ministry had issued a separate statement calling for the rapid release of the six activists.


  • Lawyers in Pakistan call for countrywide strike to seek Sharif's resignation

    Lawyers in Pakistan call for countrywide strike to seek Sharif's resignation

    If children fail to prove purchase of the properties in London, public office holder will be held accountable, Justice Azmat said. "The Government of Dubai has revealed that the documents of Gulf Steel Mills provided by the Sharif family were forged".
    Nintendo Switch Online is now available to download on Android and IOS

    Nintendo Switch Online is now available to download on Android and IOS

    It seems Nintendo is still configuring the servers, but we can be sure that it will be ready by the time Splatoon 2 launches. It gives players voice chat and friends list functionality, for instance, by connecting with their Switch accounts.
    Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief arrested again

    Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief arrested again

    Her attorney told judges in Fulton and DeKalb County that she was too sick to stand trial. A documentary called " The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne " is now available on Netflix.
  • Is Israel a step closer to al-Aqsa takeover?

    Is Israel a step closer to al-Aqsa takeover?

    The gunmen, all from the Arab city of Umm al-Fahm in central Israel, were subsequently shot and killed by the police. Now only individuals can enter through metal detectors which has sparked outrage in the Muslim community.
    The Google app feed is about to get more personal

    The Google app feed is about to get more personal

    Google ( GOOG , GOOGL ) rolls out a customized news feed feature to its self-titled app for iOS and Android devices. In addition, Google will now enable users to follow topics right from within Search results.
    Tropical Storm Don forms off the coast of South America

    Tropical Storm Don forms off the coast of South America

    At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Don was located near latitude 11.5 North, longitude 58.0 West. Names only fall off the list if they become attached to particularly damaging storms, like Katrina.
  • Pound dives as inflation drop kills off rate rise

    Pound dives as inflation drop kills off rate rise

    According to the official figures, the unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percent to its lowest since 1975, at 4.5 percent. Statistics SA will release consumer price index (CPI) data for June on Wednesday.
    Washington unable to work out deal with Cousins — Sports Digest

    Washington unable to work out deal with Cousins — Sports Digest

    And Cousins is definitely above average: He threw for 4,917 yards last year - the 15th most in National Football League history. Regardless of how Redskins fans end up viewing the standoff, Cousins is now in a position where he's made a big bet on himself.
    Presidential poll: Modi reaches out to JD(U)

    Presidential poll: Modi reaches out to JD(U)

    He was first elected as an MLA in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly in 1978, and was part of the Jana Sangh movement. He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Karnataka in 1998 and was re-elected to the house in 2004, 2010 and 2016.
  • Indian soldier killed in Pakistani firing

    Indian soldier killed in Pakistani firing

    The authorities have ordered schools in 23 villages to be closed indefinitely due to the firing and shelling by Pakistani troops. After hectic efforts in a prolonged rescue operation 150 students held up at Govt High School Bhawani were shifted to Nowshera.

    The photomontage of Melania Trump that hurts Brigitte Macron

    The verbal exchange transpired during a tour of the Hôtel National des Invalides, a museum complex located in central Paris. Trump arrived in Paris earlier Thursday, escaping at least temporarily the darkening crisis at the White House.
    Redskins president Bruce Allen addresses Kirk Cousins situation

    Redskins president Bruce Allen addresses Kirk Cousins situation

    To avoid that, the Washington Redskins have until Monday afternoon to hammer out a long-term deal with Cousins. Matt Barkley was signed as the No. 2-for-this-year, but he's realistically a No. 3 on any team with QB depth.


U.S. seeks targeted commitments from China on market access
U.S. rules restrict export of certain high-tech goods to China and other countries when there is a potential for military uses. Further, China had agreed to lift its ban on USA beef imports and accept U.S. shipments of liquefied natural gas.

Arsenal hold their nerve to beat Bayern Munich 3-2 on penalties
Thomas' current deal with Bayern will expire in 2021. "[But] Thomas is still not for sale because he's a flawless fit for Bayern". Bayern have recently hired the services of James Rodriguez and the Colombian worldwide should give competition to Muller.

England need 219 to beat South Africa
But Taylor was run out, Knight whacked a full toss to square leg and Nat Sciver was bowled behind her legs. Ayabonga Khaka had delivered the two early wickets in an impressive opening spell but needed support.

Mercedes X Class Appears On Video
Due to go on sale at the end of the year, the X-Class is expected to start at around £28,000 plus Value-Added Tax . Mercedes UK are already taking orders for the new X-Class, with first deliveries expected before the end of 2017.

Can analysts adopt a bullish outlook for DS Smith plc (LON:SMDS)?
Pictet North America Advisors Sa increased Ishares Tr (OEF) stake by 27,140 shares to 644,457 valued at $64.00M in 2016Q4. The Firm operates through electronic components segment, which includes all products manufactured and sold by MtronPTI.

USA to Add 15000 Temporary Worker Visas
In May, lawmakers gave Kelly authority to approve up to an additional 70,000 temporary visas at his discretion on a need basis. Kelly, who in May said he planned to grant additional visas, received approval from congress to authorise additional visas.

Brit Music: See Ed Sheeran's cameo appearance on "Game of Thrones"
But it seems he has removed himself from the online platform again - this time completely closing his account . However Ed's TV days are far from over, the star is set to appear in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons .

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in incident at Dallas bar, says source
Elliott is facing a one- or two-game suspension from that 2016 incident, according to Schefter . On the field, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is as gifted as they come.

Huge Turnout of Venezuelans Opposing Maduro's Attempt to Rewrite the Constitution
The opposition blamed a "paramilitary" gang for the shooting, which prosecutors said they would investigate. Venezuelans across the world and here in the Valley gathered to vote in an unofficial election.

Photo released of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in upcoming HBO movie
Paterno died in early 2012 of complications from lung cancer just two months after he was sacked from his longtime coaching job . Levinson and Pacino previously collaborated on HBO's 2010 Jack Kevorkian biopic You Don't Know Jack and 2014's The Humbling .