Tensions between the countries have intensified recently after Germany stopped demonstrations
The row between the countries intensified after Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "Merkel, now you're applying Nazi methods. Against my brothers who live in Germany, and against my ministers and lawmakers who visit there."
Merkel responded: "Nazi comparisons by Turkish leaders must stop." Merkel also made clear Germany is considering whether to put a blanket ban on Turkish politicians from speaking to their constituents ahead of the referendum.
“A few days ago, the government made it very clear to Turkey that appearances by Turkish politicians in Germany can only take place on the basis of respect for the principles of German constitutional law.
“In other words, the government reserves the right to take all necessary measures including reviewing the permissions.”
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Erdogan has increasingly gone on the offensive against German chancellor Merkel in recent months.
Tensions have been rising between the two nations since Germany refused to allow Turkish ministers from holding pro-government rallies in the country.
The Turkish President is campaigning for an upcoming referendum that would hand him sweeping powers
Who would really benefit from it if we paid back in kind? The Turkish president
German ministry spokesman, Martin Schaefer
The German ministry spokesman, Martin Schaefer, said: "Who would really benefit from it if we paid back in kind, if we answered using the same language as the Turkish president.”
"It benefits mostly the Turkish president who… with threats, insults and more is seeking majorities of Turkish citizens in Turkey and also in Germany for the constitutional referendum of April 16."
Turkey has recently been embroiled in a number of arguments with EU countries
Around 1.4 million Turkish nationals in Germany are eligible to vote in next month’s referendum.
To hit back with strong verbal retaliation would mean falling for Erdogan's tactic, Schaefer said, stressing that Germany is "a strong, democratic country" that could handle such insults.
But he cautioned that "we are not defenceless or stupid or naive and, if pushed too far, the government will react."