>> A century-old tragedy might be coming back to haunt Europe. German MPs set to pass a resolution Thursday calling the deaths of up to 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 an act of genocide. They say that Turkey, then the Ottoman Empire, was the culprit. That's likely to further strain relations with Ankara, already at a low ebb.
Reuter's Berlin special correspondent, Noah Barkin.>> Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his prime minister have denounced this vote, the vote on this resolution over the past day. Erdogan also called Angela Merkel, the German chancellor yesterday and said that this vote would damage ties between Ankara and Berlin.>> Turkey says it's wrong to call the 1915 event genocide, though it admits there were many deaths.
It says there's no evidence of a state led program of extermination. Neither is concerned the dispute could sink the EU deal with Turkey on migrants, but Ankara may not want to push it that far.>> The big carrot for the Turks is the visa free travel for the EU.
They've been wanting this for years. It's not going to happen by this summer as initially planned in the EU Turkey deal, but the expectation is that Erdogan wants this to happen and it will happen later this year.>> The vote on Armenia was originally due to take place last year, the centenary of the killings.
Chancellor Angela Merkel repeatedly had it pushed back to avoid angering Turkey. Now she may feel the timing could hardly be worse.