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The Latest: Austria 'won't Accept' Turkish Campaigning

The Latest:  Austria 'won't Accept' Turkish Campaigning

Monday, 06 March 2017 05:42 AM

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on diplomatic rift between Turkey and EU nations (all times local):

11 a.m.

Austria's foreign minister says his country should make clear that it won't accept campaign appearances by Turkish officials rather than waiting for a European debate on how to handle such matters.

Sebastian Kurz said as he arrived at a meeting of European Union counterparts in Brussels that "our Austrian solution should be clear: we will not accept any campaign appearances by Turkish politicians in Austria."

He added that "we don't want campaigns from other states to be brought to Austria and conflicts from other countries imported ... that is always damaging for integration."

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said that "normally you would have to think that democracy is strong enough to cope with this." But he added: "it is also absurd that someone uses the opportunity here in Europe to defend a constitution in which the state of law is only a chimera."

Asselborn said that finding the right approach isn't easy and it can't be decreed from Brussels.

10:55 a.m.

Germany's foreign minister is stressing the need to "normalize" what he calls a "highly strained" relationship with Turkey.

Sigmar Gabriel sounded skeptical Monday about calls from some other European Union ministers to consider EU-wide rules for campaign appearances by foreign politicians. A central element in the current tensions is plans by Turkish ministers to campaign in Germany and elsewhere for a new constitution that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greater powers.

Gabriel said as he arrived at a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels: "Every country has its own opinion, and there is certainly a clear legal situation in Germany."

He added: "I think the main thing is that everyone uses the possibilities they have to ensure that we get back to a somewhat normal relationship."

10:40 a.m.

European Union foreign ministers arriving at a meeting in Brussels say that there may be lessons to be drawn from the spat between Turkey and Germany on campaigning by officials from outside the 28-nation bloc.

Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak says that the controversy highlights the lack of European rules and standards on allowing rallies by politicians from non-member countries.

He says that "it's about time to start discussing it. I think there should be rules. I would be rather restrictive, because as we can see it has a huge damaging potential."

Diplomatic tensions have been rising in recent days amid Turkish plans to have government ministers to address rallies in Germany and the Netherlands in support of an upcoming constitutional referendum that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan new powers.

9:35 a.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff has condemned remarks by Turkey's president accusing Germany of "Nazi practices," days after a local authority prevented a Turkish minister from addressing a rally there.

Peter Altmaier on Monday called President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks "absolutely unacceptable."

He told German public Television ARD that "Germany cannot be outmatched regarding the rule of law, tolerance and liberality."

He said the government was in contact with Turkey's government and announced that "we will make sure the significance of the problems of what happened in recent days will be recognized and understood in Ankara as well."

Germany-Turkey diplomatic tensions have risen amid Turkish plans to have government ministers address rallies in Germany in support of an upcoming constitutional referendum that would give Erdogan new powers.

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