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Berlin says German citizens 'no longer safe' in Turkey

Ankara-Berlin animosity is likely to spill over from harsh words to action as Germans languish in Turkish detention and German investors are warned away from the country.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel addresses a news conference in Berlin, Germany, July 20, 2017, after he has interrupted his summer vacation and returned to Berlin to discuss a deepening crisis in relations with Turkey over the arrest of human rights activists.     REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch - RTX3C6LW

The crisis between Turkey and Germany over the detention of a German human rights defender and two German journalists is escalating amid signs that Germany is preparing to transition from sharpening rebukes to punitive actions.

Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who declared a “re-orientation” of Germany's Turkey policy, told the press in Berlin today that the country’s actions show it's “departing from the basis of European values."

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