According to the German president, the last remainders ofcriticism and opposition in Turkey were now being "persecuted,imprisoned and silenced."
"We cannot accept this," Steinmeier said.
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andSocial Democrat leader Martin Schulz both called for placingfinancial
pressure on Turkey in a surprising show of cross-partyunity.
Seehofer demanded the freezing of all payments which Turkey isdue to receive from the European Union (EU) as an accessioncandidate until 2020. This would
amount to roughly 4 billion euros.Schulz supported the initiative of his
political rival which hedescribed as a "concrete measure which can be
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted with dismay tosuch threats, rejecting German meddling into the interior affairsof his country.
The Turkish government had previously caused outrage in Germanylast week by arresting German human rights activist PeterSteudtner.
The German Foreign Office reacted by warning tourists toexercise "heightened caution" on vacation in Turkey while FinanceMinister Wolfgang Schaeuble likened
random arrests in Turkey topractices witnessed in former East Germany.
Additionally, German officials said they would re-assessfinancial aid Turkey receives both from Germany and the EU.
Steinmeier voiced the belief that it was important for theGerman government to send clear signals to Turkey which hedescribed as a "question of self-respect
for our country." It hadalso been necessary for the Federal Government to
address the 3million residents of Turkish origin who live in Germany.
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According to a recent survey, the vast majority of Germans areunhappy with their government's policy towards Turkey. Some 76percent of respondents said
that officials were too tolerant ofErdogan's behavior.
Speaking to the Bild newspaper on Monday, Schaeuble accusedErdogan of endangering the "century-old partnership between Turkeyand Germany."
"We cannot allow ourselves to be blackmailed," Schaeublesaid.
German-Turkish relations have been in a near-constant state ofcrisis since a military coup failed to unseat Erdogan in July2016.
Ankara has rejected Berlin's criticism that it engaged in anexcessive crackdown on political opponents in response to the coupand is resentful towards
its German NATO partner for allegedlygranting asylum to Turkish revolutionaries.
Figures released recently by German Federal Office for Migrationand Refugees suggest that the number of Turkish asylum seekers inGermany has risen
dramatically since July 2016.
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Turkey retaliated by banning German parliamentarians fromvisiting their country's armed forces stationed at the Turkishmilitary base of Incirlik and
Konya from where they wereparticipating in the international military effort
against theso-called "Islamic State".
In June, German lawmakers voted to transfer troops from Turkeyto a new base in Jordan after several attempts to defuse thediplomatic crisis failed.
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