Minister tells German Turks that they are in Germany to hear

Minister tells German Turks that they are in Germany to hear

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The German minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel has Saturday in an open letter to the Turkish community in his country turned as a result of the tensions with Turkey. They belong to Germany, said Gabriel.

“You, the people of Turkish origin in Germany, belongs to us, with or without a German passport”, he ends up writing, which was published in the largest daily newspaper in Germany, Bild.

Gabriel explains that the German government is not “dadenloos can ensure” how to be “German citizens of good character” in Turkey behind the bars end up. Therefore, changes according to Gabriel, the politics of the federal government towards Turkey. “But what we need to know is: none of this is directed against people in Turkey and to our fellow citizens with Turkish roots in Germany.”


The tensions between Berlin and Ankara over the past few days strongly suffered. That was by the arrest in Turkey of the German human rights activist Peter Steudtner on 5 July.

Gabriel announced on Thursday measures to. The travel advice for Turkey will be strengthened and the export insurance that the government gives for the export of products to, or investments in Turkey will be reviewed.

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