Erdogan tells German Turks not to vote for Angela Merkel

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Despite the close relations between Germany and Turkey in terms of trade, both being NATO members, and large numbers of Turkish citizens living in Germany, 2017 had seen an increase in tension between the two countries.

In July 2017 it was announced that that the German government was planning a 'reorientation' of its relations with Turkey in response to the arrest of human rights activists in Turkey.

The government had changed its advice for those wishing to travel to the country, an armaments deal had apparently been scrapped and loans and investments were to be revised.

There were other issues of tension in relations between the two countries:

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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said they amounted to an 'unprecedented act of interference in the sovereignty of our country'.

Both CDU leader Angela Merkel and SPD leader Martin Schulz in their only direct live tv debate of the election campaign held on the 3 September 2017 said that there should be an end to EU-Turkey accession talks.

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