The pro-government Yeni Akit daily has claimed that Germany under the rule of Chancellor Angela Merkel is worse than Germany under the rule of Adolf Hitler and that Turks are being subjected to various forms of repression in the country.
In its lead story on Tuesday, Yeni Akit headlined its story “Worse than Hitler” accompanied by a photo of Merkel.
The daily claimed that Germany, uncomfortable about a developing Turkey under the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has begun to employ methods similar to those used during the Nazi era.
Yeni Akit claimed that Turkish citizens in Germany are denied medical care, Turkish workers are fired from their jobs and Turks are not even allowed to rent apartments.
Tensions are running high between Turkey and Germany due to Turkey’s arrest of several German nationals including Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yücel and German human rights consultant Peter Steudtner.
Turkish President Erdoğan is believed to be detaining German nationals to force the deportation of Turkish asylum seekers, who Turkish Erdoğan accuses of having mounted a botched coup attempt on July 15, 2016, from Germany.