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Genocide vote deepens Germany-Turkey rift

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>> German MPs say this was genocide. Parliament passing a resolution on the 1915 mass killings in Armenia. They say Turkey, then the Ottoman Empire, was to blame for a program of extermination. Now, some fear an angry response from Ankara, perhaps even a decision to scrap its deal with the EU on refugees.
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Ankara already recalling its ambassador to Germany.>> This is not the first such resolution and it won't be the last. Sometimes the countries that we consider as friends can come up with bright ideas to distract the public's attention when they find themselves in domestic difficulties. This is one of those bright ideas.
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>> Berlins relations with Ankara were already at a low ebb. Many Germans are angry at Turkey's roll in the refugee crisis, and its recent crack down on press freedoms. But Chancellor Angela Merkel says ties are still strong and Reiuters Berlin special correspondent, Noah Barkin says, both sides may want to avoid a total breakdown in relations.
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>> Germany needs Turkey to get a hold on the refugee crisis, to keep refugees from entering Europe and Turkey is also increasingly isolated. It's got a civil war on it's southern border in Syria, ties with Russia are extremely strained at the moment. The assumption is that despite the problems in the relationship and the inflammatory rhetoric that we've seen over the past weeks and months, that both Berlin and Ankara have an interest in making this relationship work.
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>> German Chancellor Angela Merkel repeatedly had the Armenia vote put back. She wanted to avoid angering Turkey during talks over the refugee deal. But Merkel eventually ran out of ways to delay a motion put forward by the opposition Green Party, no surprise that she didn't turn up for Thursday's vote.