Turkey scraps rallies in Germany before vote as row rages

Turkey scraps rallies in Germany before vote as row ragesTurkey on Tuesday scrapped all future campaign appearances by its politicians in Germany ahead of April’s referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers, amid a heated diplomatic row. The sudden decision came after three weeks of furious exchanges between Turkey and the European Union over the pro-Erdogan rallies which were banned in some of the bloc’s member states. Turkish ministers eager to tap into 1.4 million voters in Germany have sought to campaign in Europe’s most populous country to whip up support for a “yes” vote in the April 16 referendum on scrapping the prime minister’s post and creating a executive presidency.



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