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Merkel – Tsipras talk “Turkey”, a day before German Chancellor sets foot in Ankara

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a phone conversation with Greek prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday afternoon, a day before she launches her official visit to Turkey.

According to the prime minister’s office the two leaders talked about the Cyprus problem, the EU-Turkish relations, the Refugee crisis and the need for Ankara to respect international law and to terminate the challenges and provocations in the Aegean Sea.

It was the German Chancellor who had asked for this conversation and exchange of opinion before her Turkish visit.

After the Supreme Court rejected last week  the extradition of the 8 Turkish soldiers who sought asylum in Greece following the failed coup of last July, Turkey escalated tension with Greece and openly threatened with intervention of its Armed Forces in the Aegean.

But also Germany did not go unharmed from the Turkish aggression. Deputy prime minister Veysi Kaynak accused both Germany and Greece of “hosting terrorists”.

Dozens of Turkish civil servants but also soldiers assigned to NATO have sought asylum in Germany after Erdogan’s mass persecution of alleged coup plotters..

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  1. Giaourti Giaourtaki

    “Alexis, please don’t shoot my Lufthansa One when flying into Turkey”

    After AKP-members and Grey Wolves started pogroms against “Gulen”-youth-clubs and kindergarten in July and hundreds of Turks in a rally of 30.000 in Cologne were screaming “We are Germany!” Merkel can’t help Erdogun much.
    If she’d better decide about here old plan to live in Triantaros/ Tinos

    But anyway: A “emergency” visit to Athens wouldn’t be that stupid either, and to support Greece fiercely against Turkey she’d announce the end of austerity.
    This would also strengthen her position against Trump

    • keeptalkinggreece

      hahaha, nice emergency idea

      • Giaourti Giaourtaki

        Nice I could make you laugh. I was just listening to some great new Greek records!

      • Giaourti Giaourtaki

        This was naive! The German media are ignoring or writing shit like “on board walkabout of general” and they have their own agenda, with their hero the Ataturk worshipper Can Dündar of Cumhuriyet