April 19, 2019

Turkey Drops Travel Ban for German Journalist

Mr. Brunson and Mr. Kilic were among the 11 rights activists detained in a flurry of arrests after a failed coup against Mr. Erdogan’s government in 2016.

They all faced charges of aiding terrorist groups, in particular the movement led by Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in exile in the United States whom Ankara accuses of initiating the coup attempt. The United States has repeatedly refused Turkey’s requests to extradite Mr. Gulen.

Berlin has pushed for the release of its citizens and shifted its policy toward Ankara, announcing a freeze on steps to help Turkey join the European Union.

Mr. Erdogan is set to visit Berlin next month, and talks between the ministers of finance and transport are scheduled before then, German officials said. The meeting has long been planned and could give the governments an opportunity to discuss current developments in Turkey.

But even as journalists and activists who Germany maintained were being held on politically motivated charges were being released, authorities handed stiff sentences to others. After one Turkish court ordered the release of a German-Turkish journalist, Deniz Yucel, in February, another court sentenced six Turkish journalists to life in prison for undermining the constitutional order.

Separately on Monday, the Turkish government reported that shots were fired from a moving car at the United States Embassy in Ankara. “According to first evaluation of the scene, three bullets hit the iron gate and glass entrance lock,” the government said in a statement, adding that no one was harmed.

Turkey’s official news agency, Anadolu, reported that one person was detained in Ankara. It did not elaborate.

Mr. Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, condemned the attack and insisted that the Turkish government was able to ensure the safety of all foreign missions in the country. “This is a clear attempt to create chaos,” Mr. Kalin said on Twitter. “The incident is being investigated and will be clarified as soon as possible.”

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/20/world/europe/turkey-germany-mesale-tolu.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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