Merkel talks about cancellation of public meeting of Turkish justice minister Bekir Bozdağ in Germany’s Gaggenau
Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel talked about cancellation of a public meeting of Turkey’s justice minister Bekir Bozdağ in Germany’s Gaggnenau. Merkel’s statement was “decisions about events and organizations in cities are made by local offices”. Tension between the two countries had grown earlier over reports about Turkish imams (Islamic clerics) in Germany having spied for Turkey’s government. Recent arrest of Die Welt’s Turkey correspondent Deniz Yücel over accusations of terror propaganda has intensified this tension.
Decision of the city head Michael Pfeiffer to cancel the public meeting of Turkish minister Bozdağ in Germany’s Gaggenau was reported to be based on the excuse that “the arranged site was not large enough for the anticipated crowd” according to official statements.