Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has reacted against being labeled as a “fascist” by a German Left Party (“Die Linke”) lawmaker, saying that whoever names the MHP as such is “a certified enemy of Turkishness and Turkey.”
MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli tweeted on March 24 that his party and the People's Alliance (consisting of the MHP and the ruling Justice Development Party) represent Turkey.
Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi ve Cumhur İttifakı Türkiye’dir, Türk milletinin kabul edilmiş duası, şükür nişanesidir. Hiç kimse boşa atıp dolu tutar mıyım diye heveslenmemelidir. MHP’ye faşist diyen Türklüğün ve Türkiye’nin yeminli hasmıdır.— Devlet Bahçeli (@dbdevletbahceli) March 24, 2021
“The Left Party, which is an opposition party in Germany, has felt the necessity to ask the [German] federal government about the role of the MHP in the Turkish government structure and if it has been influencing the [Turkish] government. A Turcophobe who has filed a motion on behalf of the Left Party has exposed how bigot they are by accusing the MHP of being fascist,” Baçeli wrote.
Almanya’da muhalefette bulunan Sol Parti, Federal Hükümet’e; Türkiye’deki iktidar yapısı içinde MHP’nin rolünü, hükümete etki edip etmediğini sorma gereği duymuştur. Sol Parti adına önerge veren bir Türk düşmanı, faşist MHP suçlamasıyla ne kadar yobaz olduğunu ifşa etmiştir.— Devlet Bahçeli (@dbdevletbahceli) March 24, 2021
Bahçeli's remarks concern a parliamentary question filed by Left Party asking the Angela Merkel government about the role of the MHP in the Turkish government.
Left Party MP Ulla Jelpke, who submitted the parliamentary question on behalf of the party, referred to the MHP as a “fascist” party, saying “fascists cannot be a partner of the German government.”
Bahçeli also accused the Left Party of having connections with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Gülen network.
“When will an explanation be made about the content and direction of the German Left Party's Qandil and Pennsylvania connections? The place they stand and position themselves is a pit, whereas the place to which the People's Alliance is looking toward is obvious, where it stands is obvious, and where its destination target is obvious,” Bahçeli wrote, referring to the PKK's stronghold of Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq and the Pennsylvania compound of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen.
Alman Sol Partisi’nin Kandil ve Pensilvanya’yla bağının içerik ve istikameti hakkında doyurucu bir açıklama ne zaman yapılacaktır? Onların durduğu ve konumlandığı yer çukurdur, Cumhur İttifakı’nın da baktığı yer belli, durduğu yer belli, varacağı hedef bellidir.— Devlet Bahçeli (@dbdevletbahceli) March 24, 2021
The German federal government said in its answer to the Left Party's parliamentary question that it is aware of the increasing influence of the MHP on the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, Deutsche Welle's Turkish service reported on March 23.
“The federal government observes that the MHP's political demands are being reciprocated by the Turkish government members and these demands are being regularly incorporated into the [Turkish] laws. Additionally, the federal government has information that the number of people connected to the MHP has distinguishably increased in the state structures,” the Merkel government reportedly said in its answer.