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Germany Sees Turkey as Platform for Islamist Groups, Leak Shows

  • Ankara government sees ‘twisted mentality’ in Germany
  • Merkel spokesman says Turkey is key ally against terrorism
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Turkey’s government rebuffed a leaked German report that described the country as a platform for Islamist groups in the Middle East, increasing the risk of renewed tension between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The German government’s internal assessment, cited by broadcaster ARD, is a “new indication of a twisted mentality that attempts to wear out our country by targeting our president and the government,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in e-mailed statement on Wednesday. It blamed unnamed politicians in Germany for applying “double standards” on countries’ commitment to fighting terrorism.