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Turkish community criticizes: "German Turkey policy strengthens Erdogan"

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 | World News

The Turkish community in Germany criticized the new attitude of the federal government to advocate a break-up of EU accession talks with Turkey. This is "a huge step backwards," said the chairman Gökay Sofuoglu of the Düsseldorf "Rheinische Post". "That strengthens the right in Germany and Erdogan's back in Turkey."

The signal that Turkey does not belong to Europe weakened the democratic forces in Turkey, which were trying to regain democracy there. "The Union and the SPD are doing as much in the Bundestag election campaign as if Turkey consists only of Erdogan and his supporters," Sofuoglu. The majority in Turkey is democratically minded. "The German government must also consider that there will be a time after Erdogan."

For the same reason, the Greens, on the other hand, are determined to end the accession negotiations definitively. The talks are rightly on the up for the time being, said top candidate Katrin Göring-Eckardt on Monday night on ZDF. But: "We do not close the door to the democratic forces in Turkey, Mr Erdogan, yes, but certainly not to the democratic forces."

"They talk a lot, but do nothing"
She criticized, like left-leaning candidate Dietmar Bartsch, that the federal government could not implement other possible measures against Turkey. It would continue exporting weapons to Ankara and granting Hermes guarantees for transactions with Turkey. "They talk a lot, but do nothing, and they definitely strengthen Mr. Erdogan," said Bartsch to the government's address. Unlike the Greens, however, the Left is for a break-off of the negotiations.

Green party chief Cem Özdemir said in the "Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung" (Tuesday) that "Erdogan would not meet with the abolition of the accession negotiations, but would give him new food for his propaganda machine.

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