Berlin Hopes Ankara to End Comparisons of Modern Germany With Nazis

Berlin Hopes Ankara to End Comparisons of Modern Germany With Nazis

"In Germany, they are not allowing our friends to speak".

"The breakdown lines between the various camps in Turkey are mirrored in Germany", he said.

Speaking to a United Nations panel in NY the UN's human rights commissioner, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said: "I am concerned measures taken under the state of emergency appear to target criticism, not terrorism".

German leaders would continue to warn its three million strong Turkish community where next month's referendum could lead: into an "increasingly autocratic state".

"We hope that our clear signals not to use comparisons with the Nazi epoch [while speaking about Germany] have been heard in Turkey", ministerial spokesman Sebastian Fischer told reporters.

Mr Cavusoglu's comments echo those made over the weekend by Mr Erdogan, who said: "Germany, you don't have anything to do with democracy".

Discussing Germany, he said: "Your practices are not different from the Nazi practices of the past". This prompted Erdogan to lambast the Germans while making a speech in Istanbul.

"Now they think Tayyip Erdogan wants to go to Germany. Nobody has the right to prevent your will", Erdogan said.

Ankara has been angered by the cancellation of several rallies by Turkish ministers in Germany. "In general, there is a campaign against Turkey".

The dispute over the Turkish campaign rallies has also become an issue in the Dutch election.

Mr Wilders' opposition right-wing Freedom Party, which wants to shut mosques, ban the Koran, quit the European Union and stop Muslim immigration, led opinion polls for most of previous year but is now losing ground to the conservative Christian Democrats (CDA) and the far-left Socialists.

Several Turkish citizens with diplomatic passports have sought political asylum in Switzerland, the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper reported on Wednesday, calling the move a potential test of the neutral country's ties with Turkey.

Police said about 250 opponents of Erdogan gathered near the consulate, some of them brandishing signs that read "Dictator Erdogan - Hayir", meaning "No" in Turkish. His remarks, repeated by ministers and government-friendly media, have aggravated already strained relations between Berlin and Ankara. "The accomplices of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and other terrorist organizations freely operate in Germany".