Turkey’s Erdogan lashes out at Germany as row deepens

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 12:42 GMT, Jul 23, 2017 |

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan rebuked Germany on Sunday (July 23), saying German politicians should not make threats based on “false news”, as a row between the two country escalates.

Asked about a letter published in Germany’s Bild newspaper by Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Erdogan reiterated German investments in Turkey were not targeted as part of a widening crackdown after last year’s failed coup.

The Die Zeit newspaper reported this week that Turkish authorities had several weeks ago handed Berlin a list of 68 German companies, including Daimler and BASF, that they accused of having links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating last July’s failed coup.

In a letter published in German and Turkish in daily newspaper Bild, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Germany had no quarrel with Turkish people in either country but could not stand by as “innocent” German citizens were jailed.

Turkey has detained six rights activists, including a German, on charges of supporting “an armed terrorist organisation”.