Political Backlash

Erdogan’s Fury Unleashed

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at German Turkish lawmakers
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Relations between Germany and Turkey have been under strain in recent months, threatening the deal between the European Union and Turkey that has significantly reduced the number of refugees coming to Europe.

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    Facts

    • The German parliament’s vote last Thursday declaring that 1915 massacre of Armenians was genocide has incensed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
    • Mr. Erdogan has lashed out at the 11 German lawmakers of Turkish origin who voted for the resolution, saying they should have their blood tested.
    • The comment was criticized as “detestable” by the leader of the Turkish Community in Germany, Gökay Sofuoglu.
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When German parliamentarians passed a resolution on June 2 declaring the 1915 massacre of a million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide, they reckoned with a stern response from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who denies the claim.

But the backlash appears to be more than they expected.

Mr. Erdogan has lashed out at the parliamentarians, especially those with Turkish roots, claiming “their blood is impure” and demanding blood tests. He has defamed them as mouthpieces of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK, calling them “the long arm of the separatist terrorists placed in Germany.”

His rage has brought death threats to several of the lawmakers, including German Green Party co-leader Cem Özdemir, one of the initiators of the resolution. And it has prompted a sharp response from Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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