German FM ‘bans Turkey from Nazi comparison’

Sigmar Gabriel (left) with Mevlut Cavusoglu

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel met with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Berlin today amid rising tensions between the two countries as Germany continues to cancel Turkish politicians’ meetings citing security reasons.

Erdogan had lambasted German authorities for cancelling two separate talks by Minister of Justice Bakir Bozdag and Minister of the Economy Nihat Zeybekci in Germany saying, “You have nothing to do with democracy whatsoever. There is no difference between these practices and those of the Nazis.”

After the meeting between the two foreign ministers, Gabriel said, “Our meeting was sincere, but at the same time intense and heated. Quite simply, I banned the use of Nazi comparisons. We are amongst the most libertarian countries of the world. There are certain boundaries that shouldn’t be overstepped.”

Before his meeting with Cavusoglu, Gabriel had told German state TV channel ARD that Turkey’s Nazi likening was an “unbelievable provocation” adding that he hoped his meeting with the Turkish foreign minister would help in normalising relations.