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Germany says Hamburg no place for Erdogan rally as G-20 meets

As Turkish-German tension continues to simmer, Germany has denied the Turkish president's request for a rally on the sidelines of the G-20 summit and a German former speaker of the European Parliament calls for an outright ban on pro-Erdogan rallies in Germany.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive for a bilateral meeting during the first visit since July's failed coup in Ankara, Turkey, February 2, 2017.      REUTERS/Umit Bektas  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX2ZBNQ

It looks like Turkish-German relations are not out of the woods.

On June 29, the German government denied Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s request to hold a rally for Turkish Germans on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called Erdogan’s request “not a good idea” and added, “We do not have the intention to allow that other countries’ domestic conflicts be imported into our population.”

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