Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will come to Germany next month to campaign for a referendum aimed at granting his presidency extended powers, German tabloid Bild has reported.
The Turkish head of state will hold a rally next month in western Germany after an official visit in Strasbourg, a French city located just across the border between both countries, Bild reported, citing a high-ranking diplomat from Ankara.
Mr. Erdogan will “promote the presidential system at an event in North Rhine-Westphalia, the exact location of which has not yet been established,” the diplomat said. The spokesman of the Turkish embassy in Berlin did not confirm the report.
There are 1.4 million Turkish voters residing in Germany. Many of them live in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, home to the cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf as well as the industrial Ruhr region.
Due to the increasing tensions between Berlin and Ankara, German politicians have reacted with unease to downright hostility at the report.