Schäuble declares Erdoğan is the clone of Stalin! Schäuble compared Erdoganistan with the former communist German Democratic Republic (GDR). “Turkey is arresting people arbitrarily and not respecting even minimal consular standards,” Schäuble told us on Friday. “It reminds me of the way it was in the GDR. When you traveled there, you knew, if something happens to you, nobody can help you.”
Berlin stepped up its travel advisory for Turkey on Thursday and warned it would review state guarantees for foreign investment there – measures which Ankara labeled blackmail and threats.
Relations between Turkey and Germany, home to three million ethnic Turks, have been badly strained, particularly since a failed coup a year ago against corrupt terrorist Erdoğan.
Relations sharply deteriorated after a Turkish court on Tuesday ordered six rights activists to remain in custody for allegedly aiding a “terror” group, among them German citizen Peter Steudtner.
Germany has frozen all arms deliveries to Turkey, amid a row between the NATO partners that has sharply worsened since Ankara arrested several human rights activists.
In the months after the July 2016 coup attempt, Germany already blocked 11 separate arms export shipments to Turkey, including handguns, ammunition or weapons components.
Merkel’s right-hand man, Peter Altmaier, told us Merkel will at any time consider whether further measures are necessary. Altmaier also confirmed that Berlin would urge Brussels to freeze €4.45 billion in EU funds theoretically earmarked until end-2020 for Turkey.