Published On: Mon, Sep 4th, 2017

News Scan for Turkey, September 4th, 2017

One of the Germans detained in Turkey ‘for political reasons’ released: Berlin

One of two German nationals who had been detained in Turkey for “political reasons” has been released, Berlin stated on Sept. 4, amid rising tensions between the two NATO allies.

“The lawyer of one of the affected people told us that he has now been freed, without restrictions,” said a German Foreign Ministry spokesman, adding that the ministry was still seeking independent confirmation of the release.

The detention of the two individuals, whose identities have not been disclosed, was announced on Sept. 1 by Berlin with great consternation. Foreign Ministry officials said the German nationals were detained for “political reasons”. The detentions came at a time when ties were already at rock bottom between the two countries, which share longstanding historical links.

German politicians hit rock bottom

On Sunday night, German Chancellor Angela Merkel clashed with her chief rival Martin Schulz from the Social Democratic Party. With the highly anticipated general election due in just three weeks, the two candidates appeared on live television for more than 90 minutes in an effort to clarify their positions on a range of policy issues including immigration, social equality and highway tolls. Ironically, however, Germany’s leading politicians spent most of their time on the spotlight talking about another country – Turkey.

Watching the debate on Sunday night, many people could not help but ask themselves whether Germany – the birthplace of the current wave of populism in the world, the neo-Nazi heartland and a world leader in hate crimes — had no problems except highway tolls. Why, one wonders, would two politicians from one of Europe’s largest countries rather talk about another nation than address the electorate’s concerns and uncertainty about pressing problems and their future.

To be clear, we understand that German voters themselves find themselves between a rock and a hard place ahead of this month’s parliamentary election. Having to choose between two virtually indistinguishable politicians with no vision for the future is every voter’s worst nightmare.

President Erdoğan to meet Myanmar’s Suu Kyi: FM Çavuşoğlu

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet with Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the ongoing massacre in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Monday.

In a little more than a week approximately 2,600 homes of the Rohingya were set ablaze, forcing over 73,000 of Myanmar’s 1.1 million Muslims to flee.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday stated that the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims was equivalent to a genocide.

Erdoğan: Turkey will continue to send aid to Rohingya Muslims

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed crowds that gathered in the Çatalca district of Istanbul.Drawing attention to the fact that the world has remained silent regarding the massacre in Myanmar, Erdoğan said that he will bring up the Myanmar process on Aug. 19 in the General Assembly of the United Nations.”Unfortunately, a great massacre was carried out in Myanmar. Humankind remained silent against this massacre. I presume you have watched the destitution of the Muslims in Myanmar. You have witnessed their suffering. You saw that their villages were burnt. We, as Turkey, delivered, and will continue to deliver our aid to the region, with our Red Crescent and Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) organizations.”

“As the term chairman of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), I have discussed the Rakhine issue with approximately 20 leaders, and will continue to do so,” Erdoğan added.Turkish charity distributes meat to 32,000 Rohingyas.

Merkel calls for an end to Turkey-EU membership talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she would seek to end Turkey’s membership talks with the European Union.

Merkel’s latest statement made during a televised debate weeks before elections reflects an apparent shift of her position on the matter. “The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU,” Merkel said in the debate with her Social Democrat (SPD) challenger Martin Schulz.

“I’ll speak to my (EU) colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks,” Merkel added.

Volkswagen, local partners recall 1.82 mln vehicles in China

German car giant Volkswagen and its two Chinese joint-ventures will recall 1.82 million vehicles in China, the country’s top consumer watchdog said Sept. 4, in a new setback for the scandal-hit company.

The firm along with SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen are calling back the vehicles owing to a faulty fuel pump, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on its website.

The callback applies to 2007-2014 Magotans and 2009-2014 Volkswagen CCs produced domestically by FAW-Volkswagen, as well as the 2011-2015 Passat domestically produced by SAIC Volkswagen. It also includes around 19,000 imported models. The defect can cause the engine to stall due to the failure of electronics in the fuel pump.

The companies will replace the fuel pump control modules for free from December 25.

compiled by Editor BTT

This is a news-scan from major Turkish papers and internet sites. However, we do not verify above stories neither do we vouch for their accuracy.

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