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Germany concerned about press freedom in Turkey

Published 07/03/2016 | 14:21

Angela Merkel has raised the issue of human rights with Turkey's prime minister (AP)
Angela Merkel has raised the issue of human rights with Turkey's prime minister (AP)

German government officials have expressed concern about the state of press freedom in Turkey.

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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.

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