May 12 2018

Germany favors opposition parties - AKP’s MP

The German government favors the opposition parties in Turkey and the ban against Turkish politicians election campaigns in Germany is only implemented against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Mustafa Yeneroğlu, a member of the parliament and the head of the AKP’s election coordination abroad, Deutsche Well Turkish reported

“The German government is becoming a party in a campaign for elections to be held in a foreign country,” Yeneroğlu said to German news agency dpa.

Yeneroğlu also said that, while the German government banned the election campaign events of AKP, it ignored similar events organized by opposition parties. According to Yeneroğlu, AKP has prepared a list of nine events organised by opposition parties in Germany in April and May.

“Social Democrat Party, as well as the Greens and the Left support those meetings organised by opposition parties, with the attendance of the members of the Parliament from Turkey,” Yeneroğlu said.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in April said Turkish politicians would not be allowed to carry out election campaign rallies in Germany ahead of upcoming parliamentary and presidential polls on June 24.

Last year, German federal governments banned several election rallies organised by AKP for the constitutional referendum held on April 16, 2017.

In June 2017, the German government introduced a legislation prohibiting election campaigns activities of foreign politicians from non-EU countries during the last three months before the date of elections in those countries.