Germany urges Spain not to extradite writer Doghan Akhanli to Turkey

Merkel jeered in campaign as refugee tensions high

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel of the SPD was quick to react, condemning Erdogan's comments as an "unprecedented act of interference".

In February Deniz Yucel, a German-Turkish journalist who works for Germany's Die Welt newspaper, was detained in Turkey over allegations of producing terrorist propaganda. "Vote for those who don't have enmity towards Turkey", he said.

Turkey's president has condemned Germany's mainstream parties and urged German-Turkish voters not to support them in the country's upcoming elections.

The diplomatic row between Turkey and Germany took an unexpected turn on Friday evening, when the bullish mayor of Ankara called out the leader of the German Green party, describing him as an "Armenian servant". "I invite them to teach a lesson to those political parties at the ballot box", he added.

Erdogan's call comes days after Chancellor Angela Merkel, who leads the Christian Democratic Union, criticized Turkey for jailing journalists and activists, saying that the bilateral relationship couldn't continue unchanged.

"We will not stand for any kind of interference", Merkel said from a Friday campaign event in Herford in northwestern Germany. Turkey responded to the ban by accusing Berlin of "Nazi-like" tactics. "You should vote for those who are not hostile to Turkey", he said.

No further Barcelona offer for Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele
But judging by Watzke's words a deal for the 20-year-old France global is still a long way off. Dembele has since been suspended indefinitely by the club for his actions.

Tensions further rose after Ankara's repeated refusals to grant German lawmakers access to their forces deployed in Turkey, prompting Berlin to relocate a number of soldiers from Incirlik air base to Jordan.

Gabriel said his government has been concerned for years over issues like "restrictions on the freedom of the press, treatment of the Kurdish minority" in Turkey.

Since a failed coup in July a year ago, tens of thousands of people have been arrested in Turkey - including officials, academics and journalists.

German authorities chose to get directly involved in the case of German writer of Turkish origin Dogan Akhanli, detained in Spain, Der Spiegel magazine reported Saturday.

Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been deteriorating for more than a year, particularly since the July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey during which at least 240 people died.

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