The Cost of a German Breakup With Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan upon his arrival at the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany on July 7, 2017 (Photo by Emmanuele Contini for SIPA USA via AP).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan upon his arrival at the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany on July 7, 2017 (Photo by Emmanuele Contini for SIPA USA via AP).
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Lately, it seems that every week Germany’s ties with Turkey hit another low point, and there are few signs of this trend reversing any time soon. The latest escalation came with the arrest last week of Dogan Akhanli, a Turkish-born German writer on vacation in Spain, following a warrant issued by Turkey. German officials decried the move as politically motivated and warned that the Turkish government may be using the multinational police organization Interpol to pursue political opponents abroad. Akhanli’s detention is the most recent in a string of arrests of German citizens both in Turkey and abroad. Since the […]

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