German journalist Deniz Yücel arrested in Turkey

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The Debates feature from Euro|Topics offers English (+ French and German) translations of a selections of articles in European news sources on this topic.

Euro|Topics relaunched their website during 2016. Features published before that date are still available via an archive website (see related url hyperlinks0In reaction to the arrest of Deniz Yücel, Turkey correspondent for Die Welt newspaper in February 2017, a number of German politicians demanded an entry ban for Turkish President Erdoğan, who wanted to campaign for his constitutional reform referendum in Germany in March 2017.

The 43-year-old reporter was accused of spreading propaganda for a terrorist association.

European newspapers asked what were Ankara's motives and how should the German government react?

Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the arrest on the 27 February 2017 calling the decision Yucel in investigative custody 'bitter and disappointing'.

Developments in 2018

After being detained for a year without any charges brought against him Deniz Yücel was released in February 2018 after significant Germany-Turkey diplomatc negotiations. The German government welcomed the news, but warned that other reporters, among them Germans, remained in detention.

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