>> Turkey's government is defying what they called a systematic effort to prevent Turkish experts in Germany from attending rallies in support of their president, Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey's foreign minister traveling to Hamburg on Tuesday, stating he plans to go ahead with the rallies anyway, after events in two cities were banned.
The cancellations emblematic of a widening rift between the two NATO allies. On Monday, Erdoğan himself accused Germany of clinging to its Nazi era. There are 1.5 million Turkish voters living in Germany, and the rallies were designed to encourage them to vote in favor of giving Erdoğan sweeping new executive powers in an upcoming referendum.
However, protests were expected, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel insists the rallies were cancelled by local authorities for security reasons, not by the national government, similar events in other cities allowed to proceed. Germany, and much of Europe, are dependent on Turkey to curb the flow of illegal migration into the continent, but they've also been critical of what they call a heavy handed response to July's failed coup against their Erdoğan.
He's jailed tens of thousands and cracked down on the media, including jailing a German journalist last week. On the flip side, Turkey has alleged Germany is harboring Kurdish militants deemed by the EU to be a terror organization, an accusation Berlin has denied, and negotiations for Turkey to be admitted to the EU have gone practically nowhere.
A resurgence of far right, anti-Muslim politicians in Europe they say, is feeding the divide.