Prospect of Turkey's accession to European Union more unlikely: Germany

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters during a ceremony in Afyonkarahisar Turkey

Gabriel's interview came as a political crisis is unfolding between Turkey and several European countries that have banned pro-Erdogan rallies and events at which top-tier Turkish officials had been invited to speak. Erdogan accused the Netherlands and Germany of behaving like "Nazis", and subsequently, calling on millions of Turks in Europe to take action.

"What Hans and George say is not important for me", he said.

'Europe, do you have that kind of courage.? "This is the best answer to the rudeness shown to you, the enmity, the wrongs".

Turkish authorities have arrested more than 41,000 people and fired or suspended 100,000 since July, many of them teachers, police, magistrates or journalists.

"Today the situation is totally different due to Brexit".

But Erdogan said there was to be no reconciliation with The Hague.

"Hey Rutte! You may have emerged as the No. 1 party in the election but you must know that you have lost Turkey as your friend", he said.

Kahl said that the coup was launched by "part of the military" who expected to be hit by a purge.

On the April 16 referendum on constitutional changes, Kilicdaroglu said the proposed changes "concern all of us", adding that these changes would affect every citizen.

On Friday, a Turkish daily newspaper, Gunes ('Sun'), added fuel to the fire with a front page on which German Chancellor Angela Merkel is depicted in full Nazi garb wearing Adolf Hitler's moustache.

German deputy government spokesman Georg Streiter refused to be drawn into the controversy, only saying: "We are not taking part in a game of provocation".

A day after accusing the European Union of starting a "crusade" against Islam by the ruling, he said the court should "ban the kippa ban too" - although in theory the Jewish skullcap should be included in the decision which covers all religious symbols.

European Union officials have repeatedly warned Turkey that reinstating the death penalty would bring an end to more than 50 years of trying to join the bloc.

Suleyman Soylu is threatening the landmark deal signed by Ankara and Brussels last March that has substantially lessened the flow of migrants from Turkey to Europe.

"If you want, we'll send the 15,000 refugees to you that we don't send each month and blow your mind", said Süleyman Soylu on Thursday evening. Let us remind you that you can not play games in this region and ignore Turkey, ' he added. There is now no sense for Turkey to continue implementing an agreement with the European Union (EU) on refugees, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Omer Celik told TASS on Thursday.

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