Berlin And Ankara Trade Barbs Over Ozil-Gundogan-Erdogan Meeting

Berlin And Ankara Trade Barbs Over Ozil-Gundogan-Erdogan Meeting

Berlin And Ankara Trade Barbs Over Ozil-Gundogan-Erdogan Meeting

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan in London on May 13.

Grindel initially waded into the argument on Monday, after pictures of the players presenting a shirt to Erdogan first appeared, with the DFB chairman insisting: "The DFB stand for values that are not sufficiently respected by Mr Erdogan".

Turkey's lira slid to a record low and bond yields briefly touched their highest in at least eight years on Tuesday, after President Tayyip Erdogan said he plans to take greater control of the economy after elections next month.

"Why is Gundogan playing for the German national team when he recognizes Erdogan as his president?" she asked.

"In that sense, his meeting with Germany worldwide Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan as well as Turkey global striker Cenk Tosun...is only natural". That's why it's not good that our global players let themselves be manipulated for his electoral campaign. "In doing that, our players have certainly not helped the DFB's work on integration", he added.

The three-day visit comes as the Turkish leader campaigns for re-election after calling a snap poll for June 24, bringing the vote forward by a year and a half. "This reaction shows that German authorities have an irrational fanaticism against Erdogan", Aktay told Al Jazeera.

The early election is set to accelerate Turkey's transition to a new presidential system approved in a referendum a year ago. He said those arrested in Turkey were being processed by the judiciary.

"Conversely, German officials and politicians condemn Turkish German football players for posing in photos with their president as a result of nothing but natural emotions".

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Erdogan arrived in the United Kingdom on Sunday for a three-day visit including meetings with United Kingdom politicians, the Queen and Prince Charles.

Dundar is one of many strains in the relations between Berlin and Ankara. Germany has been home to a sizable Turkish population since the 1960s - that number now reaches into the millions - but only since a 1999 law has German citizenship been fairly easily available to most people of Turkish descent, even those born in the country.

"Turkey plays an important role in regional security issues".

"Them courting Erdogan as their president while Turkey persecutes democrats and journalists is a gross foul", said Dagdelen.

In an editorial, the national Bild newspaper called the players "political idiots, but football geniuses".

May said her government was taking action "where we have evidence of terrorist activity, of criminal activity".

While Turkey has cooperated with the European Union in tackling the refugee crisis, critics have said that Erdogan's government has arrested or sacked more than 100,000 state workers and members of the military in the wake of the coup attempt, accusing them of links to the Gulen movement, which Ankara blames for the attempted putsch.

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