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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Financial Times: Germany would be giving erdoğan, officially recognizing the Armenian genocide

The German Parliament is going to accept the term genocide in relation to massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire early last century. The diplomatic initiative could result in the wrath of the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Berlin’s recognition of the Armenian genocide could seriously damage the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, RIA Novosti reported citing the Financial Times newspaper. Voting on a bill will take place on the second of June in the Bundestag.

Erdogan, angered by the “disrespect of the European Union to Turkey,” threatens to derail the deal with Brussels over migration crisis, whose main goal was to stop the flow of illegal immigrants through Turkey to the EU. Unless the Bundestag comes to the end, Merkel will find it difficult to convince Ankara not to do “sudden movements,” the newspaper notes.

In April 2015, the hundredth anniversary of the Armenian genocide, the German Bundestag held a heated debate on this issue. Then the lower house of Parliament overwhelmingly approved a resolution that the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a hundred years ago in the Ottoman Empire has been characterized as genocide. However, the consideration of the resolution in the Upper house of the Bundestag has been postponed indefinitely because of concerns complicate relations with Turkey.

The Financial Times notes that at this time the document is likely to be adopted. The ruling coalition of social Democrats and conservatives split, and in the result, the party leadership decided to support the initiative of the opposition party “green”. “It is highly likely that Turkey will be angry, but the Bundestag must not allow ourselves to be blackmailed despots like Erdogan,” — said one of the leaders of the “green” CEM Ozdemir.

German Parliament members are already skeptical about Turkey’s cooperation. In the Bundestag unhappy, as developed in “the case of Bemelman” — the TV presenter, speaking live with a provocative satire on Turkish President. It is believed that the decision to move forward with an investigation took Merkel under pressure from Erdogan. There are objections and visa-free regime, which Ankara wants to receive in exchange for a deal with the European Union.

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