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> Turkish president Tayyip Erdoğan isn't pulling any punches over a widening rift with a key European Union ally.>> I thought the Nazi era was over in Germany, but now I see what's going on. You poor things.>> The comments are the latest blow after political rallies for Turkish expats were cancelled by two German cities.
And that incident came after a German journalist was jailed in Turkey. Reuters' Andrea Shalal is in Berlin.>> The European Union has been working and negotiating with Turkey for many years and are joining the European Union. Those conversations and negotiations have become increasingly difficult. The European Union needs Turkey to continue to sorta keep on lid on the migrants coming across from Turkey to Greece.
This is a really big problem. German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has insisted the expat rallies were cancelled by local authorities in for security reasons, with no input from her national government, and similar events were still allowed to go ahead in two other cities.>> From Germany's point of view, it has a whole different problem right now.
The federal prosecutor is investigating whether Turkey sent clerics here to spy on other Turks that live in Germany.>> But the incidents have come at a tumultuous time for Turkey's relationship with its traditional partners. Germany and other Western governments are still criticizing Erdogan for what they perceive as a heavy-handed response to July's failed coup against him.
Turkey's jailed tens of thousands, including many members of the media. A move its leadership says is a necessity in the face of threats, both foreign and domestic.