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Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was quoted on Friday as comparing Turkey with the former communist East German state and saying Berlin might have to tell Germans travelling there that they did so at their own peril.
Germany’s domestic security chief cited concerns about increased activities of Turkey’s secret service and the growth of militant groups among the three million people with Turkish roots living on German soil.
Minister Schaeuble compared Turkey to the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), East Germany: “Turkey now makes arbitrary arrests and no longer sticks to minimum consular standards. That reminds me of how it was in the GDR.” He said those who travelled to the former Communist East before it collapsed in 1990 were aware that “if something happens to you, no one can help you”.
German officials have complained they have not had full consular access …
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