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Erdogan's Nazi Comparison Draws Fire From Merkel Chief of Staff

  • Germany doesn’t need democracy lessons, chancellor’s aide says
  • Tension over canceled campaign rallies in Germany runs high
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Turkish Pres. Erdogan Accuses Germany of Nazi Practices

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A senior aide to Chancellor Angela Merkel hit back at Turkey’s government, saying Germany doesn’t need lessons in democracy after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan likened the cancellation of rallies by two of his cabinet ministers to Nazi practices.

Peter Altmaier, Merkel’s chief of staff, called the comment “absolutely unacceptable” as tension escalates in a relationship already strained over Turkey’s human rights record after a failed coup to topple Erdogan in July. Volker Kauder, Merkel’s top lieutenant in the German parliament, linked the surge in tension to Erdogan’s campaign to expand his powers in a referendum planned in April.