Turkey’s foreign ministry issued a warning on Saturday to its citizens traveling or living in Germany.
Turkish citizens are warned to refrain from political discussions ahead of the national legislative elections of October 24.
The Turkish authorities warn of a prevalent anti-Turkish feeling, manifested in racist discourse, verbal abuse, arbitrary questioning at airports, and even arson. Ankara also accuses Berlin of embracing the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the so-called Fethullah Terrorist Organization. The foreign ministry also says this anti-Turkish sentiment stands in the way of Turkey’s EU membership bid.
Ankara also claims that Berlin’s anti-Turkish sentiment stands in the way of Turkey’s EU membership bid.
Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had signaled out the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Social Democratic Party (SPD), and the Greens, as “enemies of Turkey.” He is calling on the approximately three million Turkish citizens in Germany not to vote for their parties. In the forthcoming elections, Germany is promoting the Alliance of German Democrats (ADD), that is, a pro-Erdogan party running in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The warning comes in response to Germany’s travel warning issued in July. Since July 2016, Turkey has arrested 22 German citizens that are refused access consular access. Berlin has called into question Turkish rule of law, freedom of speech, and human rights standards in Germany.