Germany and Turkey Hit a Rough Patch, but Long-Term Ties Strong

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, Monday, May 23, 2016 (AP photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, Monday, May 23, 2016 (AP photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu).
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Earlier this month, the German parliament voted to recognize the 1915 killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide, a motion that passed with support from all parties in the parliament. Turkey, unsurprisingly, was furious about the vote, and immediately recalled its ambassador in Berlin. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on a visit to Kenya at the time, said “the decision will seriously impact Turkish-German relations.” Erdogan also took aim at German parliamentarians of Turkish origin, saying they should have blood tests to prove their Turkish identity since “their blood is impure,” statements that infuriated the Turkish community in Germany. […]

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