Relations between Germany and Turkey are again on life support. The latest theme of frustration is Peter Steudtner, a human rights activist arrested in Turkey on July 5 during an Amnesty International workshop, together with a Swedish colleague and four Turkish activists.
The German Foreign Ministry laid out harsh words for the government: “It was necessary to communicate to the Turkish authorities all the indignation and misunderstanding of the German government in the case of Steudner and other activists. Germany requested his immediate release and full access to consular services. The allegations of links to terrorism are clearly invented, unless Amnesty is now absurdly considered a terrorist organization.”
Minister Sigmar Gabriel announced a change in Turkish-German relations. “We want Turkey to continue to be part of the West, but we do not see any effort by the Turkish government,” he said. “Germany is therefore forced to review its policy toward Turkey.”