Angela Merkel (CDU) desires to get an idea of ​​the implementation of the refugee pact with Ankara in its journey to Turkey. Critics demand that they should confront their hosts with uncomfortable questions on the situation of human rights and the freedom of speech.


Merkel and Tusk


In the afternoon is a visit to the refugee camp Nizip in southeast Turkey border with Syria and to participate in the opening scheduled financed from EU money venture for children and households in Gaziantep city. She will be accompanied by European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans and the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.


Davutoglu, the Chancellor must not only speak about the refugee crisis, but also the “serious restrictions on human rights , carry to language press freedom and the rule of law in Turkey, “demanded about FDP leader Christian Lindner. Similarly, Justice Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) expressed. Opinion, artwork and press freedom are not negotiable, he stated the “globe”.


In a reply to an inquiry of the Left, the German government complained more deterioration of freedom of speech in Turkey, reported the “Rheinische publish”. “Altogether there are in Turkey, to the knowledge of the Federal Government presently 29 journalists in custody or detention,” wrote the Foreign Office.


The leader of the Greens, Cem Özdemir praised, admitting Merkel, in Böhmermann affair a blunder to have committed. “It really is never ever as well late to admit errors,” he explained the “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger”. he was curious to see if the Chancellor “on the spot to the worrying developments place” will get. Merkel had conceded their vote, the libelous poem satirist Jan Böhmermann on Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan was “deliberately hurtful”, was a error.
The Gaziantep province is 1 of the areas with most Syrian refugees in Turkey. The Foreign Workplace advises against traveling there. In southeast Turkey operated the banned Kurdish Workers’ Get together PKK. Even the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) has carried out attacks in the area.
Amnesty also Worldwide (AI) named Merkel, Tusk and Timmermans on to tackle the human rights situation in Turkey. The three politicians are expected before “human rights violations against refugees not near their eyes”, the human rights organization stated on Friday in London.


The editor of the dissident Turkish newspaper “Cumhuriyet”, Can Dündar, Merkel threw in the magazine ” Der Spiegel “proper to stay silent on human rights violations in Turkey. Dündar threatens a daily life sentence due to the fact he has reported on alleged Turkish arms supplies to Syrian Islamists.


The Greens named on Merkel to make a statement during the visit. “I advise you to plan in addition to the official system a quick meeting with the opposition leader and a detour in an opposition newspaper, of which there are fewer and fewer,” Özdemir told the “Münchner Merkur”.


Government spokesman Steffen Seibert pointed out that the European Union hopes, with at first 3 billion euros and once again later on this scale indicate that refugees in Turkey live humanely and safely, and their young children can go to college.


The agreement with Turkey envisages the return of all refugees and migrants who illegally translating from Turkey to Greek islands. For each and every Syrian who is brought back from the Greek islands to Turkey, is in turn a can come legally and immediately to the EU


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