Germany says Erdogan's Merkel Nazi jibe 'unacceptable'

Germany says Erdogan's Merkel Nazi jibe 'unacceptable'

Germany on Monday branded as "unacceptable" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's charge that Chancellor Angela Me...

Berlin (AFP) - Germany on Monday branded as "unacceptable" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's charge that Chancellor Angela Merkel was using "Nazi measures", but signalled it wanted to avoid escalating the feud. Turkey and the European Union -- especially Germany with its large Turkish diaspora -- are locked in a bitter dispute as tensions rise ahead of an April 16 referendum on expanding Erdogan's powers. Erdogan made the remark about Merkel at the weekend after the authorities in Germany had refused to allow several Turkish ministers to campaign for a 'yes' vote on their soil. Merkel's spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said Monday: "The government is watching this very closely, and we maintain that Nazi comparisons are unacceptable in any form." She refrained from further comment, however, while a foreign ministry spokesman indicated that Berlin had no interest in entering a spiral of mutual provocations designed to boost support for Erdogan among Turkish overseas voters. "Who would really benefit from it if we paid back in kind, if we answered using the same language as the Turkish president," said the ministry spokesman, Martin Schaefer... Read more (2 min reading time!)

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