Merkel slams Turkish travel warning, says no need to fear Germany

Nigel Farage to address Germany's far-right AfD

Turkey's recent travel advisory warning citizens of xenophobia and racism in Germany is a "bad joke", offending the country's dignity, Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff said amid the heated spat between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. Here, we have freedom of expression and the rule of law.

"If it becomes daily routine for the Turkish authorities to detain German citizens at the border and put them in police custody. then it is possible that the moment will have arrived that a travel advisory will be issued", he said.

- If I, for example, you hear that you just need to recognize the Russian annexation of the Crimea, I think: what would have happened if us then in East Germany would be such an attitude, under the motto "Germany divided, there is nothing to change", - said Angela Merkel in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung.

According to the German Foreign Office, Yucil is one of at least 10 Germans now detained in Turkey on political charges.

It also cited fires of "undetermined causes" in immigrant neighborhoods in Germany as well as alleged ill-treatment of Turkish citizens at German airports as a basis for its warning.

According to the statement of the Turkish foreign ministry the German political leaders' pre-election campaign is based on anti-Turkish principles.

"It can affect anyone who decides to travel to Turkey". Her center-left challenger, Martin Schulz, said he would seek to end Turkey's membership talks with the European Union.

German officials blocked rallies connected to Turkey's referendum campaign to expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In a regional election in September 2016, the AfD came second, behind the Social Democrats but ahead of Merkel's Christian Democrats.

Schaefer said those travelling to Turkey should be aware of the potential dangers, but said Berlin had no immediate plans to issue a formal travel warning.

On Sunday, Merkel rejected the premise of the Turkish travel warning, news agency dpa reported.

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