Angela Merkel hits back at Turkish claims of ‘Nazi-style practices’

Chancellor criticises comments by Turkish president, who attacked Germany for cancelling rallies for Turkish citizens

Turkey’s accusations of “Nazi-style practices” in Germany cannot be tolerated and need to stop, Angela Merkel has said.

In her strongest reaction so far, the German chancellor told parliament that comments by the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and other Turkish officials had saddened her “because comparisons with Nazi Germany always lead to misery, to the trivialisation of the crimes against humanity committed by national socialism”.

Merkel described the comments as “misplaced” and “unjustifiable”, but also warned of the dangers of breaking off diplomatic relations with Turkey. “We want to live our basic values in the way we think it right”.

“We will not allow the victims of the Nazis to be trivialised,” she said. “These comparisons with the Nazis must stop.”

Erdoğan accused Germany of Nazi-like behaviour last weekend, after several German municipalities cancelled events in which Turkish cabinet ministers had planned to address rallies in support of a referendum next month on constitutional reform that would grant the Turkish president broad new powers. German officials have cited problems with overcrowding and fire safety, and other issues.

About 1.4 million people of Turkish descent living in Germany are eligible to vote in the referendum.

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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