The German government's Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance at the Federal Foreign Office has called on Turkey to release Osman Kavala after the ECHR rejected a Turkish appeal of a Dec. 10 ruling that found the influential businessman's imprisonment to be in violation of his rights. “I therefore call on the Turkish Government to meet the obligations it has entered into under the European Convention on Human Rights,” Bärbel Kofler said on May 12.
A man suspected of carrying out attacks on Turkish-owned businesses in Bavaria was a follower of ISIS, German authorities have said. Police apprehended the suspect on May 8 at a train station after he was caught traveling without a ticket. In his bag, police said they found 10 functional pipe bombs. They later found 13 more pipe bombs and 10 kilograms of explosive chemicals in a car left in a parking garage.
In the first eight months of 2019, Turkey received weapons from Germany worth 250.4 million euros, making it the biggest recipient country. Germany's economy ministry refused to announce the data for the rest of the year "to protect the producers," therefore the annual figure remains a mystery.
The latest official figures from Turkey's Ministry of Health indicate that as of May 3, the number of cases of the novel coronavirus has reached 126,045.However, according to the Turkish Medial Association (TTB) the number actually exceeds 600,000.
A German clinic has announced that it terminated the employment contract of a Turkish heart surgeon over his comments that "homosexuality is a disease." The doctor's statements echoed those of Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) head Ali Erbaş.
Several German politicians have found recent remarks of Diyanet head Ali Erbaş on LGBTI individuals alarming, with one saying: "Erbaş's statements once again showed that the situation for LGBTI people in Turkey remains very difficult, indeed dangerous." They have also said that they were expecting imams affiliated with Diyanet's branch DİTİB, Germany's largest Islamic umbrella group, to "abide by the basic values of freedom and tolerance."
No need to build new pandemic hospitals in Turkey if the footsteps of Germany and South Korea followed
Sinem Sönmez writes: It’s the combination of a lockdown and mass testing that is most effective in controlling the spread of the coronavirus and flattening of the curve. If Turkey follows the footsteps of Germany and South Korea by carrying out mass COVID-19 testing to isolate the carriers of this virus, there would be no need to build new hospitals to accommodate new COVID-19 patients.
A recent survey revealed that almost half of German companies functioning in Turkey are thinking about shrinking their operations. Almost 80 percent of these companies have negative predictions for Turkey's economy following the COVID-19 outbreak.
The former co-chair of Germany’s Green Party Cem Özdemir, who is of Turkish descent, tested positive for the coronavirus, he said in a Tweet on March 19. “I’m okay and no one should worry about me,” Özdemir said in a video he published on Twitter.
Germany will not accept refugees from any country, including Turkey, amid the coronavirus epidemic, the Interior Ministry announced on March 18. Interior Ministry spokesman Steve Alter said programs on refugee resettlement will resume "when possible."
German biotech company owned by Turkish scientist signs deal with Chinese pharmaceutical firm for coronavirus vaccine
A pharmaceutical company in Germany owned by Turkish scientist Prof. Uğur Şahin signed contracts with Chinese Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceuticals and U.S.-based medical giant Pfizer to work on a coronavirus vaccine. The Turkish-owned company owns all the rights to the product and will sell in China and abroad, they said.
Is the first casualty of the coronavirus the European Union itself? There are now more confirmed cases of coronavirus globally than there are in China, and Europe has been defined as the “epicenter of epidemic crisis” by the World Health Organization. And when it comes to facing the crisis, it’s almost as though the European Union does not exist as an institution.
Turkish President Erdoğan on March 17 held a teleconference with the leaders of France, Germany and Britain. The quartet summit discussed the Syria crisis and migrant issue as well as joint action against coronavirus, Turkish presidency said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told fellow conservative lawmakers that she is in favour of setting up safety zones in northern Syria, two participants at the meeting told Reuters on March 3. Similarly, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told German news agency DPA that the European states should take stronger responsibility to de-escalate tensions and pave the way for a political solution to the conflict in Syria.
A memorial ceremony was held on Feb. 24 honoring the Turkish nationals slain in last week's racist mass shooting in the German town of Hanau. The bodies of two Turkish victims have been sent to their hometowns in Turkey to be buried there.