Turkey issues travel warning for Germany, citing anti-Turkish sentiment, racism, terror support

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Turkey’s Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning on Saturday for citizens visiting Germany, saying there has been anti-Turkish and racist rhetoric by German politicians during campaigns for the upcoming elections, also adding that Berlin has been supporting terrorist groups.

In a statement from its website, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said there is an increasing number of cases of xenophobia in Germany, especially against Turkish citizens.

According to the statement, several Turkish citizens were badly treated by German authorities at German airports upon their arrival in the country, including deliberately long wait times, questioning and rude behavior.

It also added that there have been no developments in a trial concerning the neo-Nazi murder of eight Turks in Germany committed by the National Socialist Underground (NSU) between 2000 and 2007.

The foreign ministry also accused Germany of supporting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the faith-based Gülen movement, which is accused by Turkish authorities of masterminding a failed coup last year.

Ankara’s ties with Berlin deteriorated rapidly especially after the failed coup since Turkey accused Germany of harboring people linked to the Gülen movement who fled a government witch-hunt back home.

The ties became further strained after Turkey put several German citizens, including journalists and human rights defenders, in pretrial detention.

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