Angela Merkel pauses during Bundestag address
Germans have reacted furiously to the comments, while Turkey’s ruing AK Party has continued to insist the ‘comparisons’ made by Erdogan were fair.
Addressing German parliament (Bundestag) the Chancellor admitted there have been tensions between the two nations in recent weeeks.
The outburst from Erdogan saw him accuse the federal government in Germany of using "Nazi methods”.
And, when given the chance to row back on claims, at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, the Turkish Government stuck to their guns.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said there is a rise in “racism and xenophobia” in the EU which leaders have failed to address.
Erdogan’s comments were made after campaigning for his referendum in germany was partially banned
Angela Merkel has called for harsh words from Turkey to end while taking swipe at leader
These comparisons must stop
Germans have been outraged.
"These comparisons must stop,” Ms Merkel said.
“Nazi comparisons always lead to misery, it would downplay the crimes of the National Socialists.”
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Merkel, who spoke ahead of a EU summit in Brussels, said the planned re-election of Poland's Donald Tusk as president of the European Union is a "sign of stability" for the bloc, despite bitter opposition from Warsaw
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to delivering a government policy statement on the European Council in the German Parliament in Berlin
Despite the need to address the issue Merkel said Erdgoan’s comments were “misplaced and hardly worth a comment”.
She said: ”It can not be justified."
Relations between the nations soured when the one-for-one deal over Syrian migrants exiting Turkey and heading for the EU began to fail.
Germany said Turkey is not doing enough to stop the boats – and Ankara said Berlin has not stumped up the cash it promised.
Ms Merkal said there are “common interests between the EU and Turkey” as well as "deep differences".
The Chancellor hit out at Turkey for jailing journalists, saying in the country there were “questions over democracy and law”.
President of the Bundestag Norbert Lammert made a statement ahead of the Chancellor in an unusual move for the proceedings of parliament.
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He asked the people in Germany for understanding that the right of freedom of opinion and freedom of the press is not denied to others even in the case of "justified indignation".
“In these turbulent, sometimes hysterical times, everyone could connect the dots for themselves, if rule of law was preserved and freedom of the press was practiced,” he said.
"Everyone can state their opinions here, even foreign guests. But we can do so as well."
Lammert warned against the "development towards an increasingly autocratic state", in Turkey which was moving away from European standards, despite attempting to join the Union.
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