The tensions between Ankara and Berlin continue to increase as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s spokesperson stated that additional rallies in support of Erdoğan will be held in Germany and Turkish ministers will attend them. The spokesperson also said that “Turkophobia is on the rise in Europe.”

Merkel and Erdoğan

Merkel and Erdoğan Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

It appears that Turkey is not attempting to repair its relations with Europe ahead of the country’s constitutional referendum, which will take place on April 16. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s spokesperson stated today (Sunday) that additional ministers will travel to Germany in order to attend rallies in support of the constitutional changes, a move that has already angered the German government and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Both in Holland and in Germany, the local authorities have prevented rallies that Erdoğan’s government is trying to hold from taking place. Turkish citizens living outside of Turkey will be allowed to vote in the April referendum and Erdoğan is intensely campaigning for their support.

Erdoğan’s spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said during an interview with CNN TURK that “Turkophobia is on the rise in Europe.” The spokesperson stressed that while the relations between Turkey and the government in Berlin or The Hague are at a low, Turkey’s economy remains profitable and investors continue to work with the country.

Kalin added that the fact that the German Federal Intelligence Service doubts self-exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen’s involvement in the coup attempt in July 2016 proves that Berlin supports those who organized the coup attempt against Erdoğan. Kalin was commenting on a report that was published by a German newspaper, which stated that the intelligence agency has not found any proof that Gülen was behind the coup attempt.