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Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Germany over “outrageous and unjustified” comments by German Foreign Minister Gabriel comments

November 18, 2017

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FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel presides the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, August 2, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

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CAIRO (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has summoned its ambassador in Germany home for consultations over comments by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel about the political crisis in Lebanon.

The Saudi foreign ministry said the government would deliver a protest note to Germany’s ambassador in Riyadh over what it said were “outrageous and unjustified” comments Gabriel made after a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart.

After a meeting in Berlin with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Gabriel told reporters that Europe “could not tolerate the adventurism that has spread there”. It was not clear from a Reuters television recording that the remark was targeted at Saudi Arabia.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned while in Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4.

“Such remarks provoke the surprise and disapproval of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which considers them as aimless and based on false information that would not help bring about stability in the region,” the Saudi ministry said.

Hariri’s abrupt resignation has raised concern over Lebanon’s stability. He was due to meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday. Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun said on Twitter Hariri had told him in a phone call from Paris he would be in Lebanon on Wednesday for Independence Day celebrations.

The German foreign ministry welcomed Hariri’s departure from Saudi Arabia for Paris and impending return to Lebanon.

“We are very concerned about regional stability and call on sides to reduce tensions,” the statement read. “We aim this message at all actors in the region.”

Reporting by Mohamed El-Sherif, writing by Sami Aboudi, Editing by Sandra Maler and Janet Lawrence

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Shattered US-Russia ties ‘greatest threat’ to world peace – German FM

November 5, 2017

The “completely shattered” US-Russia relationship is the greatest threat to peace across the globe, the German foreign minister warned. The world will see more uncertainty should Moscow and Washington fail to find common ground.

Should Moscow and Washington fail to mend ties, “our children will be growing up in a dangerous and uncertain world increasingly armed with nuclear weapons,” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Bild am Sonntag in an interview on Sunday, as cited by Merkur“The completely shattered relationship between the US and Russia is the greatest threat to world peace,” Gabriel said, also citing the deployment of nuclear-armed intermediate-range missiles in Europe, which is “more than likely.” According to the foreign minister, Germany should become “a power for peace” instead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s approach of “running after Trump’s armaments plans.”

Gabriel, a strong critic of US President Donald Trump, has in the past called Trump “a threat to peace,” and urged Merkel not to cave in to Washington’s demands to ramp up Germany’s military spending. In mid-August, Gabriel said that “submission to Trump’s armament policy is wrong and unnecessary,” adding that “the logic of deterrence” against perceived threats from Russia risks further escalation. He also accused Trump, who he says sees the world as “an arena or a battleground,” of promoting “the law of the strongest.”

This is not the first time high-ranking members of the Social Democratic (SPD) party have slammed Trump for his foreign policy. In January, then-Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote in an opinion piece that the 20th century world order came to an end after Trump took office, and that “turbulent times” lie ahead.Twenty US B61 nuclear munitions are reportedly stockpiled at a military base in Buechel, Germany. Yet, Washington did not confirm that officially.

US-Russia relations have steadily deteriorated in recent years, after the 2014 coup in Ukraine, followed by a massive NATO buildup in eastern Europe. The latest flare-up in tensions came earlier this year, when the US Congress imposed new sanctions on Russia. Moscow reduced the number of US diplomatic personnel in Russia to 455 afterwards.

Washington responded with hostile actions in September, telling Russia to close its consulate-general in San Francisco and trade missions in Washington and New York. Moscow insisted that its diplomatic property was “seized illegally.” There are reports that President Trump may meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Danang, Vietnam next week. “Putin is very important because they can help us with North Korea. They can help us with Syria. We have to talk about Ukraine,” Trump told Fox News. He tweeted in August that relations between the US and Russia were “at an all-time, very dangerous low.” 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday he could not rule out “the possibility of holding such a meeting, and it is actually being coordinated now.” He added that the importance of any potential contact between the presidents of Russia and the US “for all international affairs can hardly be overestimated.”

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Germany’s Sigmar Gabriel warns Donald Trump: revoking Iran deal could push EU to Russia and China

October 13, 2017

Germany’s top diplomat Sigmar Gabriel has warned that Donald Trump’s potential move to “de-certify” Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal could have a profound effect on the international landscape.

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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Thursday said that any move by US President Donald Trump’s administration to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal would drive a wedge between Europe and the US.

“It’s imperative that Europe sticks together on this issue,” Gabriel told Germany’s RND newspaper group. “We also have to tell the Americans that their behavior on the Iran issue will drive us Europeans into a common position with Russia and China against the USA.”

Read more: What is the Iran nuclear deal?

Despite countless warnings from global leaders and even from within his own administration, Trump is expected on Friday to unveil a new strategy on confronting Iran, which would include “de-certifying” Iran’s compliance to the nuclear accord.  The deal, which was reached in 2015 between Iran and international powers, saw international sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear program lifted in exchange for Tehran dismantling its nuclear program.

The United Nations nuclear watchdog has repeatedly certified that Iran has been adhering to the restrictions imposed by the accord. Trump, however, has decried Iran for violating “the spirit” of the deal, first by backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and then by test firing its newly-developed non-nuclear ballistic missiles.

“The big drama is that the Iran agreement could turn out to be a pawn in American domestic politics,” Gabriel said. Washington wants the agreement to ensure that Iran ceases to fuel conflicts such as in Syria, Iraq, or Yemen. But Gabriel said this could not be a condition for Iran to remain free of nuclear weapons.

Trump has until Sunday to inform Congress whether he believes Iran is complying with the nuclear agreement. Should Trump de-certify Tehran’s compliance, Congress will have to decide within 60 days what new sanctions to impose on Iran.

A ‘hot crisis’ region

Several EU and US officials have warned that Trump’s refusal to certify the deal could leave the US diplomatically isolated. Germany has historically close economic and business ties with Russia, although those have soured in recent years following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Berlin, and Gabriel in particular, have also been working to boost relations with China.

Read more: Berlin sees opportunity to strengthen trade ties with China

“A denunciation of the Iran agreement would turn the Middle East into a hot crisis region,” Gabriel warned, adding that if Iran were to resume developing nuclear weapons, then “the immediate danger of a new war” would return, with Israel potentially involved.

“It would be a devastating signal for nuclear disarmament,” Gabriel said. “Some states might see the failure of the Iran agreement as a signal to arm themselves with nuclear weapons as soon as possible.”

Gabriel’s potential successor weighs in

Gabriel is expected to stand down from his post in the coming months, after his Social Democratic Party (SPD) announced that it would go into opposition after finishing second behind Chancellor Angela Merkel Christian Democrats in last month’s federal election.

One of the candidates widely tipped to succeed him as top diplomat, Green party leader Cem Özdemir, also warned on Twitter against a nuclear arms race and said that Saudi Arabia could even become a new nuclear power in the region.

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Germany’s Gabriel Calls for Talks Between Catalonia, Spain

October 2, 2017

BERLIN — German Foreign Minister  Sigmar Gabriel on Monday called for urgent dialogue between Catalonia and Spain, and said it was vital to prevent events from spiraling out of control after a violent police crackdown on an independence vote in the region.

“The images that reached us yesterday from Spain show how important it is to interrupt the spiral of escalation,” Gabriel said in a statement in which he echoed calls by European Union officials for dialogue between Spain and Catalonia.

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German Foreign Minister  Sigmar Gabriel

Gabriel urged both sides to “keep calm” and work toward a lasting political solution that maintained the rule of law, which he said was one of the key pillars that united EU members.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Michelle Martin)

Iran Deal’s Fate Hovers Over North Korea Crisis

September 23, 2017

U.S. disdain for nuclear accord with Tehran saps call for talks with Pyongyang, critics say

UNITED NATIONS—The burgeoning crisis confronting the Trump administration in North Korea was compounded this week by another top foreign policy dilemma: the Iran nuclear agreement.

World powers lobbied President Donald Trump this week to stick with the Iran deal, saying U.S. disavowal of that agreement would weaken the effort to persuade North Korea to abandon its own nuclear and missile program.

“Which state would refrain from developing its own nuclear program if it turns out that negotiated agreements do not endure and confidence in agreements with the international community aren’t worth the paper they’re written on?” asked German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in an address to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. He argued that adherence to the Iran deal was vital to ensuring the credibility of such deals in general.

People in Pyongyang, North Korea, watching earlier this month as a screen shows the launch of a Hwasong-12 rocket.Photo: kim won-jin/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

That warning, echoed by other leaders both publicly and in private bilateral meetings, came as the U.S. showdown with North Korea escalated dramatically through the week, beginning with Mr. Trump’s threat that the U.S. would “totally destroy” the country if forced to defend itself or its allies, and rising to a sharp exchange of insults with the North Korean leader.

Adding to the standoff’s air of unpredictability, North Korea’s foreign minister warned late Thursday that Pyongyang might detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean out of defiance.

U.S. officials spent the week scouring the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. for support in rolling back North Korea’s nuclear program. But the Trump administration also made an issue of the Iran nuclear deal, arguing it doesn’t address Iran’s missile program, its meddling in the region or other problems.

The majority of the 15-member U.N. Security Council, tasked with resolving North Korea’s nuclear standoff, have advocated for an approach that leverages economic sanctions and political isolation to bring Pyongyang to the negotiating table. U.N. officials and diplomats have said the talks with Iran, which took two years, could serve as a blueprint to rein in North Korea.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listens Thursday during a U.N. Security Council meeting on nuclear nonproliferation Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that if U.S. exits the Iran deal or imposes unilateral sanctions on Iran, “it would be the wrong signal to North Korea.”

“Right now, North Korea is being told to renounce the nuclear weapons and we will lift the sanctions.…North Korea will say, why do I need to negotiate with you if you are not honoring your promises?” Mr. Lavrov said at a press conference at the U.N.

The Trump administration spent the week refuting that argument.

“We would take a very different view of the nature of the North Korean agreement,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at a press briefing. “While the threat is the same—it’s nuclear weapons—the issues surrounding North Korea are very different than the issues surrounding Iran.”

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Mr. Tillerson said Iran is bigger and less isolated than North Korea, arguing that the context and contours of any agreement with Pyongyang would differ from those of the Iran deal.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley took aim at the German foreign minister’s comments, saying the U.S. needed to look out for its own security in the face of Iranian threats and couldn’t take up such concerns of other nations.

“A lot of countries are going to have their opinions on whether the U.S. should stay in the deal or not,” Ms. Haley said. “But those countries don’t have Iranians saying ‘death to America.’ They’re not saying ‘death to Germany.’ ”

Ms. Haley said it had never “moved the U.S. to care about what other countries say,” adding the Trump administration would do what is best for the American people.

Tension over the fate of the Iran deal—an accord Mr. Trump described as an embarrassment during his speech to the U.N. this week—dominated the U.N. General Assembly, along with calls by world leaders for the U.S. and North Korea to dial down their bellicose rhetoric.

North Korea, which recently launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, stoked the tension further on Thursday night, when its foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, threatened an aboveground test of a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific.

“This would be an unprecedented act and would be outrageous behavior on their part,” said Susan Thornton, acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs, on Friday. “I’m sure there will be a very concerted and determined international response to such an act.”

U.S. diplomats didn’t directly answer questions about whether a pullout from the Iran deal would affect American credibility in future disarmament negotiations, such as with North Korea should the regime there bow to U.S.-led pressure and enter talks.

Any such talks or agreement with Mr. Kim appear to be a long way away. In the North Korean leader’s statement Friday in response to Mr. Trump’s U.N. speech earlier in the week, he said the U.S. president’s words had given him more confidence that he had chosen the right path for North Korea with its weapons program.

Christopher Hill, former U.S. ambassador to South Korea and former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said the Trump administration’s rhetoric on the Iran deal was raising broader concerns about U.S. credibility in international agreements.

“The fact is the Trump administration has no support in the world in its bad-mouthing of the Iran nuclear deal, except among a few Arab states,” Mr. Hill said. “The U.S. position underscores the concern the rest of the world has about concluding agreements with us, whether in climate change, trade or nuclear deals. Our buyer’s remorse has overcome us.”

Others say a U.S. renegotiation of the Iran deal—or even its full abrogation—wouldn’t change the calculus for North Korea. “The North Koreans don’t trust us, period,” said James Carafano, vice president of the right-leaning Heritage Foundation, who served on the Trump transition team.

North Korea is the country with the credibility problem, Mr. Carafano said, pointing out that Pyongyang has reneged numerous times on deals with the U.S. and its international partners. North Korean officials have signaled no interest in doing a deal, he added, and even if they did, they almost certainly wouldn’t be entering one out of trust in the U.S. but rather out of necessity of sanctions relief.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un have made fostering anti-American sentiments among their populations a pillar of their regimes’ policies and have latched onto Mr. Trump’s hard-line rhetoric as evidence of their claims about U.S. bellicosity.

Mr. Khamenei has repeatedly told Iranians in his speeches that they can’t trust the U.S., even after signing the deal, because Washington was bound to find a new excuse—on Iran’s military program, on its regional policies and human rights records—to punish Iran and by extension Iranians.

Mr. Kim has said that North Korea needs nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles as means of self-defense because the nation faces an existential threat from the U.S.

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Turkish officials tell Berlin to ‘mind its own business’ over arrested Germans

September 4, 2017

Turkey’s top diplomat, Mevlut Cavusoglu, has said the latest arrests of two German citizens should not concern Berlin. Ties remain at an all-time low as Angela Merkel said she wanted to stop Turkey’s EU membership talks.

Sigmar Gabriel und Mevlut Cavusoglu (picture-alliance/dpa/G. Fischer)

Turkish officials on Sunday warned to Berlin to keep out of its domestic affairs, after it emerged that two more German nationals were arrested in Turkey last week “for political reasons.”

Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, was quoted by the Anadolu news agency of telling Germany that the latest detentions were “not your concern” and dismissing the German government’s furious reaction.

Read more: ‘Turkey is only hurting itself,’ policy expert tells DW

“When we arrest (a coup plotter) Germany starts to get upset. But what are we supposed to do?” Cavusoglu was quoted of saying. “This is also a Turkish citizen but it (Germany) asks why are you arresting my citizen?”

Turkey has arrested some 50,000 people following the failed coup in July 2016. At least 55 are known to be German citizens, 12 of which are being held as “political prisoners,” according to Germany’s Foreign Ministry.

They latest arrests took place at the end of last week, after two German nationals were detained at Antalya airport in southeastern Turkey over suspected links with the failed coup, according to Turkey’s Dogan news agency.

While the Turkish government said the men were Turkish citizens, Germany’s Foreign Ministry said Friday that it believes the men only held German passports.

Cavusoglu’s remarks came a day after Turkey’s Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, told German lawmakers to “mind their own business” over the detention of German nationals.

Germany ready to scrap Turkey’s EU membership talks

Relations between Berlin and Ankara have deteriorated sharply since last year’s coup attempt and the Turkish government’s subsequent crackdown against alleged political dissidents. The arrest of Deniz Yücel, Istanbul correspondent for German daily Die Welt, and rights campaigner Peter Steudtner, have only further frayed ties.

During Sunday evening’s televised German election debate, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she would seek to end Turkey’s EU membership talks, adding that she didn’t “see (Turkey) ever joining and I had never believed that it would happen.”

Read more: Open letter from jailed journalist Deniz Yücel’s wife: Open the door, it’s me

Last week Germany’s top diplomat Sigmar Gabriel similarly said that EU accession was out of the question for Turkey as long as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was still leading the country.

“Turkey under the Erdogan government will never be able to lead serious accession negotiations, because he is removing Turkey from Europe,” Gabriel told German broadcaster ZDF last week. “He would, however, like to give Turks in Germany and in Turkey the impression that we’re the ones who are burning bridges.”

Germany has in recent weeks embarked on a more hardline approach against Turkey. In July, Gabriel delivered the government’s most strongly-worded statement yet against the Turkey and Erdogan government regime. As part of Germany’s “reorientation” in policy towards Turkey, Germany’s top diplomat warned German citizens to exercise extreme caution when traveling to Turkey and advised German firms against investing and doing business in the country.

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German FM Gabriel says Erdogan backers threatened his wife — Red Line?

August 22, 2017

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BERLIN (AFP) – German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has accused supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of threatening his wife amid a festering diplomatic crisis.He said that Erdogan’s strident style “had apparently led some to feel motivated to try to threaten and harass my wife,” in comments broadcast Tuesday by news channel NTV.

“Of course, this is a terrible outcome,” he said without giving further details, at a time when relations between the NATO allies have plunged to their lowest point in years.

On Saturday, Erdogan launched a bitter personal attack on Gabriel, who has frequently criticised the president’s leadership and his treatment of opponents and critics.

“Who are you to talk to the president of Turkey?” Erdogan said in a televised speech. “Know your limits. He is trying to teach us a lesson… How long have you been in politics? How old are you?”

Relations between Turkey and Germany, home to three million ethnic Turks, have deteriorated sharply, particularly since a failed coup against Erdogan over a year ago and a subsequent mass crackdown on its alleged plotters.

Among the alleged state enemies and terrorist supporters behind bars in Turkey are several German or dual Turkish-German citizens, including journalists and rights workers.

Erdogan has charged that Germany is sheltering Kurdish militants, coup plotters and terrorists.

In recent days he has angered Berlin by urging ethnic Turks in Germany to vote in September 24 elections against Merkel’s conservatives and two other parties he labelled “enemies of Turkey”.

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Sigmar Gabriel: Germany’s Hard-line Turkey policy is paying off

August 15, 2017

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has praised his government’s move to put “economic pressure” on Turkey. Germany overhauled its policy toward Turkey in response to the jailing of German journalists and activists.

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On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel praised the government’s decision to overhaul its policy toward Turkey, telling la newspaper that Germany’s hard-line approach and “economic pressure” were paying off.

Gabriel spoke after the Turkish government, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, officially withdrew a blacklist of 680 German companies it had accused of having links to terrorist organizations. Among the listed companies were the carmaker Daimler and the chemical firm BASF.

Read more: German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel seeks tougher EU line on Turkey

“There was a broad debate in Turkish society,” Gabriel told Tuesday’s edition of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, “and Erdogan was forced to concede that the blacklist was a misunderstanding.”

In July, Gabriel outlined a “reorientation” of government policy toward Turkey. As part of the sharper measures, German businesses were advised against investing and doing business in Turkey. That measure is believed to have prompted Ankara to swiftly make a U-turn on its blacklist and assure Berlin that no German companies were under investigation.

Germany’s government also updated its travel warning, notifying citizens that they would incur “risks” by traveling to Turkey. The Foreign Ministry’s travel website also advised German nationals in Turkey to exercise “heightened caution” as consular access had been “restricted in violation of the obligations of international law.”

Read more: As German spat deepens, Turkey draws tourists from elsewhere

Gabriel admits sanctions hit small businesses

Germany’s top diplomat acknowledged that the hard-line measures weren’t without consequence. “Our travel warning is, of course, also affecting the wrong people: the small hotel owners, the restaurant owners and waiters in western Turkey who cater towards European and German customers.”

Nevertheless, Gabriel said, Germany must protect its citizens.

“We cannot accept that President Erdogan can simply arrest and imprison German nationals,” Gabriel said.

Relations between the countries reached a new low when Turkey’s government arrested of a group of rights campaigners,  including the  German citizen Peter Steudtner, in July. Berlin has also demanded the release of the German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel, who was arrested in Istanbul in February and now faces charges of inciting hatred and producing terrorist propaganda on behalf of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party – all of which he emphatically denies.

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Germany Says Crimean Turbine Scandal Souring Relations With Russia

July 23, 2017

FRANKFURT — Germany has warned Russia that breaches of sanctions including the relocation to Crimea of four gas turbines delivered to Russia by Siemens are straining political relations between the two countries, Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday.

The newspaper quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying the German government had on several occasions brought to Moscow’s attention looming breaches of existing sanctions and unlawful behaviors by Russian companies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had assured Sigmar Gabriel, then German economy minister, at the time of delivery that the turbines were not for Crimea, the spokesman told the mass circulation paper. Gabriel is now Germany’s foreign minister.

“The government has reminded Russia of these assurances again and pointed out that such a massive violation of sanctions would place new burdens on German-Russian relations,” the spokesman told Bild am Sonntag.

Siemens is trying to distance itself from the scandal, halting deliveries of power equipment to Russian state-controlled customers and reviewing supply deals.

Crimea is subject to EU sanctions on energy equipment after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula in 2014.

(Reporting by Vera Eckert; Editing by Catherine Evans)

Turkish PM Tries to Downplay Tensions With Germany — Turkey continues to regard Germany as a “strategic partner in Europe”

July 21, 2017

BERLIN — The Latest on Germany’s tougher stance on Turkey following the jailing of a human rights activist (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

Turkey’s prime minister has sought to downplay worries of growing tensions between Turkey and Germany following the jailing of six human rights activists, which included one German.

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Binali Yildirim

Binali Yildirim said Turkey continues to regard Germany as a “strategic partner in Europe” and that now and then there may be “tensions in the relations due to considerations caused by domestic politics.”

Yildirim urged “cool-headedness” and said there is “no benefit to Germany or to Turkey if relations are damaged.”

Yildirim’s comments came a day after Germany toughened its stance toward Ankara following the jailing of six human rights activists, which included four Turks, a Swede as well as the German.

Berlin told German citizens traveling to Turkey to exercise caution and threatened to withhold backing for investments.

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Germany’s finance minister is comparing Turkey with communist East Germany after his government toughened its stance toward Ankara following the jailing of a German human rights activist.

The government a day earlier told German citizens traveling to Turkey to exercise caution and threatened to withhold backing for investments.

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Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told Friday’s edition of Bild newspaper that Turkey is now arresting people arbitrarily and failing to comply with minimum consular standards.

He was quoted as saying: “It reminds me of how things used to be in East Germany. It was clear to anyone who traveled there: if something happens to you, no one can help you.”

Schaeuble added that if Turkey doesn’t stop playing “games,” Germany will have to tell people: “You travel to Turkey at your own risk.”

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