Head-On Tensions Escalate Between Berlin and Erdogan

Turkey's hardline approach to German journalist Deniz Yücel has created considerable pressure for the government in Berlin, with Erdogan's statements over the weekend further exacerbating the situation. Still, the Turkish leader isn't as strong as he appears to be.
A girl in Berlin holds up a sign of the German journalist arrested in Turkey.

A girl in Berlin holds up a sign of the German journalist arrested in Turkey.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting inside the presidential palace in Ankara on Feb. 2.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting inside the presidential palace in Ankara on Feb. 2.

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Erdogan at the venue where he made the "Nazi practices" comparison on Sunday.

Erdogan at the venue where he made the "Nazi practices" comparison on Sunday.

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The highrise offices where the German daily newspaper Die Welt is based are running a Free Deniz sign on their digital billboard.

The highrise offices where the German daily newspaper Die Welt is based are running a Free Deniz sign on their digital billboard.

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