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.
Ankara has said that it expects German authorities to solve the case into the shooting rampage in Hanau that left nine people dead, including Turkish nationals. "We expect German authorities to show maximum effort to enlighten this case," Kalın said on Twitter, while calling racism a "collective cancer." Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, "If European countries fail to stop racism, it becomes very dangerous."
The U.N. envoys of the United States, Britain and Germany on Feb. 19 called on the Syrian government to end its attacks on Turkey's observation posts in Idlib at a Security Council meeting in New York.
The German economy ministry said in its answer to a recent parliamentary question that the government has authorized arms exports to Turkey, Qatar, the UAE and Egypt worth 4.3 million euros during the period of Jan. 1 – Feb. 4. The Left Party’s ("Die Linke") MP Sevim Dağdelen has criticized Germany's move, saying: “Arms exports to countries involved in the Libya war should completely end.”
An Istanbul prosecutor has presented his final sentencing opinion regarding the case of Deniz Yücel, demanding a prison sentence of up to 15 years and three months in jail for the journalist. Yücel was jailed in Turkey from February 2017 to February 2018. After his release, he returned back to Germany.