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German Travelers Get Warning on Turkey After Arrests

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By    |   Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 02:50 PM

Germany’s government issued new warnings to its citizens about travel in Turkey this week after a German human rights activist was detained there for alleged terrorist activity.

Human rights consultant Peter Steudtner was detained Monday while attending a human rights workshop, and five others were also detained for allegedly aiding a terrorist group, The Guardian reported.

German leadership is re-evaluating its relationship with Turkey in light of the incident, and may reconsider its corporate investments in the nation as well, The Guardian noted. German chancellor Angela Merkel called the actions “necessary and unavoidable” in a tweet via her spokesman.

“We need our policies towards Turkey to go in a new direction . . . we can’t continue as we have done until now,” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said at a press conference on Thursday, The Guardian reported. “We need to be clearer than we have been until now so those responsible in Ankara understand that such policies are not without consequences.”

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu responded to the announcement by saying Turkey would not give in to any threats.

“Germany knows very well that the Turkish people have never bent in the face of any threats or blackmail,” he said, according to Bloomberg. “We will evaluate these threats made to us with the same state seriousness and we will of course respond.”

The exchange was the latest evidence of strained relations between the two nations that depend on one another for trade and have significant immigration between them, Bloomberg noted.

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