Germany concerned about press freedom in Turkey
Published 07/03/2016 | 14:21
German government officials have expressed concern about the state of press freedom in Turkey.
Turkish police stormed the headquarters of the country's largest-circulation newspaper, Zaman, on Friday as part of an intensified crackdown on the opposition.
A spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she raised the issue of human rights during a meeting on Sunday in Brussels with Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
Christiane Wirtz said "press freedom comes up as an issue with Turkey on a regular basis".
German foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said countries wanting to join the European Union, including Turkey, "should be expected to have a common understanding of basic rights and civil liberties in Europe".
Turkey has become a key partner in EU efforts to stem the flow of migrants coming to Europe.