G20 SUMMIT

Erdogan Brings Complaints to Hamburg

Turkey’s President Erdogan waits for the start of a meeting with EU Council President Tusk in Brussels
Not known to mince words. Picture source: Reuters.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sharpened his criticism of the German government on the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg.

Mr. Erdogan, in an interview with Handelsblatt’s sister publication Die Zeit, was particularly critical of Berlin’s refusal to let him hold a rally with his compatriots on the sidelines of the summit, which is due to start Friday.

“That is political suicide,” Mr. Erdogan told Germany’s most read weekly newspaper. “Germany must correct this mistake.”

The controversy over the rally is the latest in a string of disagreements between the two countries that have prompted Mr. Erdogan to accuse Germany of “Nazi-era tactics.” Last month, Berlin lawmakers voted to withdraw German troops from a Turkish base after Ankara blocked parliamentarians from visiting them.

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