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Turkish born, German writer arrested in Spain

Turkish born, German writer arrested in Spain

Following the attempted coup, Turkey accused Germany of harboring alleged supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkish authorities claim was the mastermind behind attempts to overthrow the government.

"Turkey had demands but unfortunately a positive response could not be given to Turkey's expectations", said Bozdag, speaking to reporters in Yozgat.

Erdogan's remarks come after another week of tension between Ankara and Berlin, particularly over comments by German Chancellor Angela Merkel appearing to rule out a renewal of a Customs Union deal between Turkey and the European Union. Gulen, has however, denied the accusations.

Turkey and Iran have agreed on sharing intelligence and cooperating operationally in the fight against terror, Iran's Chief of Staff Gen. Mohammad Bagheri said on Thursday.

Turkey's president has condemned Germany's mainstream parties and urged German-Turkish voters not to support them in the country's upcoming elections.

"Because elections and the weeks of campaigning before that are a celebration of democracy, and therefore a celebration of our freedom", she said.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly criticized the foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel after he accused him of "gross interference" in the election campaign in Germany. An estimated 1 million can vote.

Ties between Ankara and Berlin have been strained in recent months as Turkish leaders slammed Germany, accusing it of turning a blind eye to the activities of outlawed groups and terrorist organizations hostile to Turkey.

The German section of the writers' associated PEN said charges against Akhanli centre on a crime committed while he wasn't in Turkey.

Turkish-born German writer Dogan Akhanli was arrested in the Spanish city of Granada on Saturday by police fulfilling an worldwide arrest warrant issued by Interpol in response to a request by authorities in Turkey.

In the past, Turkish-origin Germans have inclined to the left, with most voting for the SPD.

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