Germany investigates police officer accused of spying for Turkey

A Berlin policeman has been investigated for providing intelligence to Turkish authorities about Turkish nationals living in Germany, German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reported on Thursday. 

Turkish intelligence has been trying to recruit public servants in Germany, the newspaper said. The police officer under investigation has disclosed information to Turkish authorities on members of Turkish opposition living in Germany, it said. 

German authorities did not respond to questions about the investigation, while Andreas Geisel, a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany and Berlin’s State Interior Minister, confirmed the investigation, but did not want to comment on the details, Der Tagesspiegel said. 

Germany, hosting the largest Turkish population in Europe, is also home to many devotees of the Gülen movement, a religious group accused by Turkish government of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016, as well as Kurdish and Turkish dissidents with different political affiliations.