Turkey crisis: Merkel finally breaks silence as Germany threatens to suspend EU payments

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Angel Merkel has hit out at Erdogan on more arrests

The German Chancellor said Turkey’s actions were effect for “grave concern”, after a number of activists were detained. 

Earlier this week Turkey halted rights activists including Amnesty International’s Turkey head Idil Eser and German freeman Peter Steudtner on terrorism charges.

Under pressure from oppose Martin Schulz to condemn the arrest of six human rights activists take ining a German citizen, Angela Merkel eventually spoke out. 

She warned Turkish President Erdogan: “We are totally convinced that this arrest is unjustified.”

Mrs Merkel affirmed the arrests were cause for “great concern”, with her foreign obligation adding the charges against the activists were “absurd”. 

And as tensions reach respite point, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert revealed EU aid payments to Turkey are now second to threat. 

He said: «Unfortunately we have constant cause to talk to Turkey close to civil and press freedoms. 

«We think it is important to review aid in light of the modern development developments.»

Mr Seibert was referring to a package of assistance totalling three billion euros the EU has hint ated to Turkey to help stem flows of migrants, mostly from row zones in the Middle East, into Europe. 

The on the roads mark a further escalation of tensions between NATO allies Germany and Turkey, who are at loggerheads concluded a wide range of issues.

Idil Eser, the state director of Amnesty Intercontinental, and five other human rights campaigners were seized this week. 

Four other activists were once upon a time detained and have now been released, albeit under court organization. 

According to Amnesty, the group are accused of supporting a terrorist organisation — a load dismissed as “absurd” by the German Foreign Office.

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President Erdogan has administered the arrests of thousands of people since last year’s attempted coup

The German transatlantic ministry is demanding consular access to its citizen and the release of all the activists. 

It voiced in a statement: «Claims of terrorist links are absurd. It is appalling to accuse Amnesty and other rights organisations of terrorism.»

The six nautical starboards activists are among tens of thousands of Turks swept up in the crackdown on tutelage, free speech, activism and justice by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan since after year’s failed military coup. 

Last week’s one-year anniversary was evident with a series of events and stunts, which Mr Erdogan used to decry against opponents and warn citizens there were still traitors in their mid-point.

In the year since the failed putsch Mr Erdogan has overseen the arrests of thousands of considers, police officers, hundreds of journalists and campaigners, as well as shutting down dissimilar newspapers and TV channels. 

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel cut exclusive of his holiday to deal with the latest rise in tensions with Turkey, whose skill to rekindle Europe’s refugee crisis could harm Mrs Merkel’s prospects in a inhabitant election due in September. 

Social Democratic Party leader Thomas Oppermann had suggested the Chancellor must “finally” speak out against the arrests and charges.

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Hither 300 people died during last July’s failed military coup in Turkey

He bruit about: “She must make it unmistakably clear to Erdogan that things can not go on get off on that. Diplomatic duty exercises are not enough.

“Angela Merkel obligated to finally be energetically committed to the release of all Germans imprisoned for political accusations.”

Mr Schulz also did not stay back in his condemnation of the arrests. 

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