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>> German intelligence officials are keeping close tabs on a Turkish expat group, amid strains in relations between the two countries and an increase in attacks claimed by Islamic State. The Milli Gorus group has close links to Turkey's President Erdogan, and German officials consider its founders extremist. Reuters Andrea Shalal is in Berlin.
>> What intelligence sources tell us now, is that they still believe Milli Gorus is dangerous. They have to keep an eye on them, and they're keeping an eye on what is happening in Germany right now. Because what we're seeing is that a lot of people, Erdogan supporters, including the Milli Gorus movement, are knuckling down and really bearing down on people who are critics of Erdogan in Germany.
So we see attacks, we see graffiti, we are seeing violence.>> The German government has, in fact, worked more closely with Milli Gorus over the last few years. The Turkish group has helped the government's outreach program for Islamic communities in Germany. But, relations between Turkey and Germany overall are increasingly fragile.
>> Over the weekend, there was another big problem in this relationship, there was a large demonstration build as a pro-democracy demonstration that was organized by Erdogan supporters in Cologne. Erdogan wanted to have a live broadcast during the demonstration, the German government denied that request. That irritated Erdogan, he summoned the ambassador.
There was some really negative comments over the last few days. The relationship is brittle and tense. Germany is home to around 3 million people of Turkish origin. In Turkey's last election, 60% of the Turks based in Germany voted for Erdogan's ruling AKP party. As the President makes move to consolidate his power back home, intelligence services will be keeping a very close eye on his supporters in Germany.