Erdoğan slams Germany for making AKP deputy wait at airport

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has harshly criticized Germany for making Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy and Deputy Parliament Speaker Ayşenur Bahçekapılı wait at a German airport because of a problem related to her passport.

Speaking at one of his regular meetings with neighborhood heads (muhtars) at the presidential palace in Ankara on Wednesday, Erdoğan said Bahçekapılı recently had her bag stolen during a visit to Germany and that her passport and ID were gone.

He said Bahçekapılı went to a Turkish consulate to get a temporary passport to be able to travel to Turkey but that she was not allowed to travel at an airport in Germany.

“Although she said she is a deputy and deputy parliament speaker, they made her wait for hours [at the airport]. Come on, you take terrorists in, you welcome them, you have them as guests. But you are making the deputy parliament speaker of this country and her delegation wait at the gate for hours,” Erdoğan said.

The incident he was referring to took place at Cologne Airport as Bahçekapılı and others were returning to Turkey on Monday. After her bag and diplomatic passport were stolen in Cologne, Bahçekapılı obtained a temporary passport from the Turkish Consulate, but the police did not allow her to travel with that document and held her at the airport police station.

Erdoğan also threatened Berlin with “retaliation” if the officers involved in this incident are not investigated.

“Turkey will have to retaliate in kind if the necessary actions are not taken against the officers involved,” he added, noting that “many terrorists freely roam around Europe” despite the fact that Turkey has demanded their deportation.

“Whether or not they deport, we will continue to put our own tactics in place,” Erdoğan said.

In another speech last month, Erdoğan slammed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who criticized Turkey for its actions against freedom of the press, accusing her country of harboring terrorists.

“They are giving us advice. But it is we who are concerned about your stance. You are aiding terrorism. That terror will hit us like a boomerang. We have no expectations from you, but you will go down in history for harboring terrorists,” Erdoğan said in a speech in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

In the meantime, Turkish media reports said on Wednesday afternoon that German Ambassador to Turkey Martin Erdmann was summoned by Turkey’s Foreign Ministry over the Bahçekapılı incident.

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  1. Mr. Erdogan are you always in the habit of creating toxic dissent? It is quite obvious you are not a diplomat. Your words are corrosive and I doubt your relationship with the Germans and EU will evolve any further. Words hurt; you are extremely abusive, erratic and divisive. These are some characteristics of abusive men. It seems Mr. Erdogan you fit the mold.

    “Control is the “overarching behavioral characteristic” of abusive men, achieved with criticism, verbal abuse, financial control, isolation, cruelty, etc. (see Power & Control Wheel).
    Entitlement is the “overarching attitudinal characteristic” of abusive men, a belief in having special rights without responsibilities, justifying unreasonable expectations (e.g., centered on his needs). He will feel the wronged party when his needs are not met and may justify violence as self-defence.
    Selfishness & Self-centeredness;An expectation of being the center of attention, having his needs anticipated. May not support or listen to others. Superiority.Possessiveness
    Manipulativeness A tactic of confusion, distortion and lies. May project image of himself as good, and portray.
    Contradictory Statements & Behaviors
    Saying one thing and doing another, such as being publicly critical of men who abuse women.
    Externalization of Responsibility
    Shifting blame for his actions and their effects to others, to external factors such as job stress.”