Merkel Moves to Ease Turkey Tension by Clarifying Genocide Vote

  • Conciliatory tone seeks to smooth relations with Erdogan
  • Merkel spokesman says government defends parliament’s rights

German Chancellor Angela Merkel clarified her government’s position on a three-month-old parliamentary vote recognizing the killings of Armenians a century ago as genocide, a move meant to strike a conciliatory tone and ease tensions with Turkey.

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