Turkish president critical of Germany ahead of G20

Paterniano Del Favero
Luglio 9, 2017

Turkey has stopped ratification of the Paris climate agreement following the United States' withdrawal from the deal, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

And on Tuesday, Turkey protested officially to Germany that an artist was allowed to set up an installation in central Berlin offering a auto as a prize in exchange for killing world leaders including Erdogan.

The banner says: "Do you want to win this vehicle? Kill dictatorship!" said the slogan.

German Foreign Ministry spokesperson Martin Schaefer also announced that government representatives from within the European Union were excluded from the ban, and added that the new rule was communicated to all foreign embassies in Berlin.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry said the installment only served to incite violence, while also slamming German police's lack of intervention.

Erdogan is frequently accused by opponents of acting like a dictator, although he rubbishes the idea, noting that he is the first directly-elected president in Turkish history.

Ties between Ankara and Berlin have been strained in recent months as Turkish officials slammed Germany for turninga blind eye to outlawed groups and terrorist organizations, while German politicians criticized Turkey over human rights and freedom of the press issues.

Erdogan said that Turkey wanted to enhance its relations with Germany, but is increasingly frustrated by the "negative stance" of the German authorities toward Turkey.

The group has almost 14,000 followers in the country, from whom it annually collects more than €13 million (over $14 million), according to the reports of German domestic intelligence agency, BfV.

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