President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is now in Germany to attend the G20 summit in Hamburg. He is being hosted by the German authorities who say "Turkey is a friend" but yet acts as if Turkey is an enemy of their country that has to be terminated.
Besides displaying open enmity toward Turkey in their actions, the German hosting of the G20 summit also openly shows its opposition to President Erdoğan and his administration.
Turkey and Germany are bonded together by the 3 million Turks living in Germany, which makes them the largest minority in that country. The fact that the German authorities have banned Erdoğan from even addressing Turks in Germany after the G20 summit is shocking and in the words of President Erdoğan "an act of suicide on behalf of the German leaders."
Erdoğan is fully aware of the extremely negative attitude of German authorities toward himself, his administration and Turkey. He is also aware that this negative attitude has turned in to German state policy against Turkey.
Is it a secret that some German politicians are openly promoting the PKK terrorist organization, which is on the Berlin government's terrorist list? This is the same PKK that is waging a secessionist war in Turkey. Is it a secret that the German authorities are reluctant to clamp down on the PKK and in fact are turning a blind eye to their anti-Turkish demonstrations?
Is it a secret that Germany is actually giving sanctuary to the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), which tried to stage a bloody coup in Turkey in July 15, 2016? Is it a secret that the Germans are offering asylum to the leading coup plotters?
Is it a secret that Germany actually actively lobbied against the constitutional changes in Turkey and promoted the "no" campaign before the April 16 referendum? Is it a secret that German authorities banned Turkish politicians including Cabinet ministers from entering the country to address Turks during the referendum campaign?
Despite all these adversities, Turkey has tried to maintain cordial relations with Berlin, which has not been easy.
Even German officials are admitting that they have gone "too far" in their anti-Turkey and anti-Erdoğan campaign while they openly showed bias toward the PKK and Gülenist coup plotters.
Some try to explain all this enmity and negativity by pointing out that Germany is heading for parliamentary elections in September and that the politicians are trying to win right-wing votes and they all feel bashing Turkey will secure them those votes. But the problem is much more fundamental and deep-rooted, thus a serious danger. Enmity toward Turkey has been turning into a state policy in Germany, which is not only a threat to Ankara and the Turks but to the Western defense system.
Turkey is a country whose friendship should be cherished and whose enmity should be dreaded. Germans should try to win Turkey as a partner in the region instead of trying to destroy it. Turkey has proven an asset in Syria as well as in all other parts of the world giving shelter to 3 million Syrian migrants and trying to put an end to the bloodbath by actively cooperating with Russia. Can't the Germans see the merits of being on good terms with Ankara?
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