Turkish Opposition Finds Base in Germany

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From The Wall Street Journal:

“With Berlin’s active encouragement, Germany is becoming a base for opponents of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, adding new strains to Turkey’s fraying relationship with Europe.

Some 5,166 Turks have sought asylum here since January, a near threefold increase compared with the whole of 2015, according to official statistics. And this could be just the beginning.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier last month unveiled measures to help Turkish journalists, academics and intellectuals pursue their work from Germany. Four days later, his deputy said persecuted Turks could seek political asylum in Germany. And on Tuesday, a government-sponsored initiative announced a doubling in the number of scholarships for foreign professionals at risk in their home country to work in Germany for the next two years, with Turks getting the bulk of them.

Among the newcomers in Germany are members of the Kurdish minority, civil servants, journalists, academics, business people, military officers and followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Mr. Erdogan has accused of masterminding a botched coup against his rule last summer.”

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