Erdogan to Turkish-German Voters: Mainstream German Parties Are 'Enemies of Turkey'

Iran's General Mohammad Bagheri shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a rare meeting in Ankara

But he managed to leave Turkey and returned to Germany after a campaign by civil rights activists and Turkish and German intellectuals.

Renewing the Customs Union is not an issue Germany can decide on unilaterally, Yildirim said, adding that Ankara will make a decision based on the national interests.

"Give necessary support to political parties that do not engage in enmity against Turkey".

A draft paper seen by the news agency also said that Turkey's pre-EU accession assistance (IPA) should be targeted "even more towards supporting democracy and the rule of law", given recent developments in the country.

Despite these tensions, the two countries remain major trade partners and allies in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. They are waging a campaign against Turkey. His aim is "to hurt German democracy", charged Karaborklu.

Erdogan's comments, some of the harshest yet against Merkel and her Christian Democrats, come ahead of the September 24 election which will determine if the chancellor wins a fourth term in office.

Hundreds killed by Sierra Leone mudslide and flooding
Freetown is hit each year by flooding during several months of rain, raising the risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera. President Ernest Bai Koroma said Sierra Leone was in a state of grief and mourning, with many survivors still in shock.

"Teach them (the three parties) a lesson in the German elections".

Ankara meanwhile has accused Berlin of failing to extradite suspected Kurdish militants and coup plotters who have taken refuge in Germany. "Forgive me but you have your legal system and so do we", Erdoğan said. He has been jailed in Turkey since February on alleged terror charges.In another bone of contention, a German writer of Turkish origin, Dogan Akhanli, was arrested in Spain on Saturday at Ankara's request. It was not clear why.

The move, Mr Beck said, showed that President Erdogan was prepared to "extend his power beyond his country's borders" to "intimidate and pursue [his critics] around the world".

But they have been in broad agreement on the policy regarding Turkey within the country's grand coalition.

But Erdogan is also popular with Turks living in Germany, and 59 percent of the votes cast by Turkish citizens resident in Germany went to his ruling party in November 2015 parliamentary polls.

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