Berlin decided to change course against Turkey

The government Germany distances itself from Ankara not only in words, but in deeds. This step has matured long ago. But there is no certainty that he will give a result, Christophe Shtrac believes on the pages of DW.

The German Federal Government is acting and is going on a tougher line against Turkey’s . Finally. This step has long been ripe. At least, to some extent. After all, other steps would have been possible. More importantly, the German side made it clear for the first time that it was now betting not only on words of caution. And German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel notes at the same time the unity of the “black and red” government (the biggest rivals in the elections to the Bundestag CDU / CSU and the SPD – Ed.) Despite the election campaign.

For months, Turkey behaves with German citizens taken into custody in a way that would be unthinkable in any country. European Union , which would lead to a diplomatic crisis in relation to any EU country. Nine of the already 22 prisoners of German citizens are now in the pretrial detention center in Turkey. The most well-known cases are the recently taken prisoner of Amnesty International, Peter Steudtner, journalist Deniz Yücel, who is behind bars for 157 days, and interpreter Mesale Tolu. They are all charged with terrorist propaganda. Such “injustice” can touch everyone, warned Gabriel.

Prolonged provocation

The fact that German citizens are imprisoned in the world for various reasons – due to violent crime, traffic offenses, sexual violence – is common in a globalized World and part of the work of German diplomats. Gabriel said: “In every case, we must fight for consular access in accordance with the norms of international law.” This is for diplomats afront, a long provocation. Also for the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and especially for the Chancellor. But we are talking about more. It’s about moving away from basic European values, abandoning the rule of law (including reliability) and democracy.

Against this background, are Berlin’s steps enough in the matter of recommendations regarding travel to Turkey, investment loans and export surety? The more stringent recommendations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding travel to Turkey appear to be only a detail. A stronger degree – a cautionary note on travel (valid for 25 countries) is apparently deterred by the agency, probably because of the threat of claims for compensation from tour organizers. But from the sentence:

“Persons who travel from private or business reasons to Turkey are advised to apply themselves in consulates and embassies to lists of Germans abroad when they are short-lived” Still cries out warnings and from a vacation trip to sunny beaches.

Every trip is risky. It is necessary to bypass it. Also, Gabriel’s change of course in bail for German enterprises that invest in Turkey will have consequences – more likely for a country located on both sides of the Bosporus Strait than for a country that is located on the side of the Bosphorus Strait. German economy , which is now very powerful. This is a signal to the economy that Berlin no longer trusts Turkey. German exporters after Gabriel’s statements have already stated that they are considered with a “significant reduction” in exports, but no “waverings” are expected.

Values ​​have their price

Yes, upholding European values ​​can also have a price. At a time when television channels were expecting Gabriel’s speech this Thursday, which was delayed, one of them broadcast a rainbow Turkish commercial. It’s annoying. Then when the Springer firm struggles for its correspondent Denise Yudzhel and highlights the slogan “FreeDeniz” over Berlin, the newspapers of this publishing house (as well as other German newspapers) advertise such a beautiful Turkey on large areas. It’s just as annoying. Anyone who wants to adhere to values ​​must be willing to pay a price for it.