European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday also rejected Austria's call for the EU to end membership talks with Ankara, warning that it would be a grave error.Germany is home to around 3 million people of Turkish origin. In Turkey's last national elections, 60 percent of them voted for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK Party) Party, according to the organization of Turkish Communities in Germany.
The July 15 coup attempt was foiled when tens of thousands of people took to the streets to defend Turkey's democratically elected government. The events left at least 239 martyrs, and nearly 2,200 injuries.
The Turkish government has said the coup was organized by followers of U.S.-based Fetullah Gülen and the Gülenist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).
Gülenists have long been suspected of trying to fully control the Turkish state by infiltrating key institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary, in a long-running campaign dating back to the 1980s.
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