Germany Warns Its Citizens: They Risk Arrest If Traveling To Turkey

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Escalation of the diplomatic row between Berlin and Ankara ended in a clear message. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned German citizens that they risk arrest if they travel to Turkey.

As reports, the German government on Friday warned citizens travelling to Turkey that they are at risk of arrest.

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Germany had revised its travel advice in the wake of the recent arrests of several human rights activists, including German national Peter Steudtner.

Steudtner “was no Turkey expert – he never wrote about Turkey, he had no contacts in the political establishment … and never appeared as a critic,” Gabriel told reporters.

He added that this meant that any German national travelling to Turkey could suffer the same fate.

Peter Steudtner, a human rights consultant and documentary film maker, was arrested together with five more people in Istanbul on July 5. Among the other activists arrested is also Amnesty International’s director for Turkey, Idil Eser.

The arrested activists are to remain in custody awaiting trial for allegedly aiding a terror group. Pre-trial detention in Turkey can last for up to five years due to the state of emergency law that went into effect after the failed coup attend last year.

Amnesty International’s Turkey researcher Andrew Gardner said that the arrested human rights activists had been accused of supporting an “armed terrorist organization” without being members, though the Turkish court did not provide details or name the terror group.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned Steudtner’s detention, saying it was “absolutely unjustified.”

“We declare our solidarity with him and all the others arrested … the German government will do all it can, on all levels, to secure his release,” she said.

The foreign ministry issued a separate statement calling for the rapid release of the six activists. “Linking a fighter and spokesman for human rights and democracy like Peter Steudtner to supporters of terrorists is absurd,” the statement said.

On Wednesday, government spokesman Steffen Seibert tweeted a quote by Angela Merkel on Foreign Minister’s measures.

Chancellor Merkel: “The measures presented by Foreign Ministry concerning Turkey are necessary and indispensable with regards to the developments.”

Now Gabriel, Merkel and European Union officials work closely to decide on other diplomatic and economic sanctions against Turkey.

As a first step, Berlin strikes a blow to tourism and investment. Then it will seek ways to stop EU funding to the country where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has turned into an absolute dictator.

Indeed, as Bloomberg reports, while Turkish tourism was just beginning to recover from its worst streak of declines on record, visits from Germany, traditionally the largest source of tourists, are still well below averages of past years.

Ankara has accused Berlin of intervening in its internal issues. The diplomatic row between the two countries has a long background. Berlin did not allow Erdogan and other officials to hold open meetings with Turks in Germany, Ankara banned German Lawmakers from visiting troops in the air base Incirlik. Result: German troops moved to another country. Ever since last July, Ankara has been accusing Germany of ‘hosting coup plotters and terrorists’ as Berlin granted asylum to several hundreds of Turkish officers assigned to NATO.

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Ghost of PartysOver's picture

But the will not arrest the Turkish Muslims committing crimes in Germany.  That is some mighty fine logic there Angie.

38BWD22's picture



In the past I have heard from firends that Turkey was a nice & interesting country to visit.  As an American, I think I'll pass.  Looks like another ME dump about to get worse, yeah, China and Russia will MTGA!

giovanni_f's picture

Worst country to enter is the US, see, e.g.,, followed by North Korea.

Easiest country to enter are Italy and Germany - just take the Soros free ride option over the mediterranean.

shovelhead's picture

Can't beat the trans Med Uber service app on your iPhone.

Treason Season's picture

Istanbul, which should have been deeded to the Bulgarians after the Russians liberated it but wasn't, is still one of the great cities of the world.

OliverAnd's picture

Constantinople/Byzantium is a Greek city for thousands of years.  When the little town of Byzantium existed there was no Bulgarian state.  

Treason Season's picture

Never said it was but the Russians defeated the Turks and the Bulgarians were bbfs with them and almost gained control of the city only to be thwarted by the Brits a.k.a. the Rotschilds. Read some history.

OliverAnd's picture

so?  Because Bulgarians were bbfs with the Russians they deserve Konstantinople?  Because you are Bulgarian and like Greeks you hate Turks, try not to act like a Turk that legitimaizes wrongfully its occupation of many lands that do not belong to them.  It does not ever end right.

Ghordius's picture

"But the will not arrest the Turkish Muslims committing crimes in Germany"

tell me that you believe that. oh, and tell me how you came to that belief

Haus-Targaryen's picture

I'll add this as well.

Looking forward to Ghordo changing the topic by "well you don't quite understand ..." 

Ghordius's picture

2014? seriously? at least Giovanni brought some stuff from 2015/2016

but your statistics of 2014 are nevertheless very interesting, for my argument

Turks are one substantial group, in Germany... that creates less crime that many other, if you read the statistics

Murder: Turks 5, Russians... 6

Manslaughter: Turks 8, Russians... 9

Child abuse: Turks 1.4, Americans... 2.1

Rape: Turks 8, Romanians... 10

and so on. I just took the first four, took the Turkish number and compared it with the next higher non-Muslim group

your statistics, the ones you choose. yes, you do not understand... your own evidence

which says that a Russian is more likely to kill then a Turk, that an American is more likely to abuse a child then a Turk?

at what point do you decide to leave your fantasy world and enter reality?

OliverAnd's picture

You may be right but you are comparing Christians to Muslims.  In Islam even alcohol is forbidden.  Try next time comparing Muslims to Muslims.  In addition many in Russia, America, Romania and other Christian nations haveMuslims living there.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

And compare the Turkish population to the domestic German population, won't ya Ghordo?  What does it say then? 

Ghordius's picture

I did your homework. whereas you claim the equivalent of "look! squirrel!" instead of at least admitting that "the dog ate it"

show me even one country where foreigners have lower crime rate then the domestic population

they tend to be less well adapted, you know?

again: this guy came with "Muslim Turks" and claimed that they are kind of free to commit crimes. that's a lie, just that

you and Giovanni came with a lot of things, among them lies... and statistics you don't seem to understand or have read before posting

but hey, if you prefer ZH to become the echo chamber that is becoming... suit yourself

Haus-Targaryen's picture

So how many more hundreds of percentage points are Turks more likely to commit crime in Germany than Germans are?  (Crime per capita)

That's what I thought. 

Ghordius's picture

the comment was about Turks

the first link, from 2015, is about refugees, which are not Turks. and it asks the question if "from above" there was an order, in Cologne, about "leaving those guys with their petards alone"

the second link, from 2016, is from "" <- hello? the name? it has been debunked as a bunch of lies, btw. and, again, it's not about Turks, it is about refugees and migrants

the third link is from 2016 and... it's about 2015, again. and it cites the crime statistics in general. whereas, btw, crime is going down, in Germany, over the last two years. and... it's again not about Turks

you can call me "a piece of shit" as much as you want, but you, my dear Giovanni, live in a fantasy world made up of regurgitated lies. that makes you a... snowflake

and I prefer to be a stronzo if the alternative is to be a snowflake, with or without jackboots, does not matter

Still Losing Money's picture

fuck off troll. no one believes or is listening to the semantic games you are trying to play.  just go to Germnay and suck on some immigrant dick and make yourself happy, and the rest of will be also cause your hands and mouth will be busy and we won't have to listen to you

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

You are the biggest dick-head on this blog. Every post a pathetic attempt at being sophisticated and a contrarian just for the sake of it.

TheGardener's picture

As I said arrest all those NGO spies and better execute them for good or they would be coming back.


bloostar's picture

I started off concerned but once I heard the term 'activist' I switched off.  Another group of people trying to ram their ideologies onto other people.  Reap what you sow!

spanish inquisition's picture

Is it riskier to travel to Turkey or stay in Germany?

Banana Republican's picture

Isn't half of Turkey in Germany already?

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

sn't half of Turkey in Germany already?

yes, but only the lowest and the worst subjects...

JohnGaltUk's picture

Depends if you are male or female.

Many German women get banged these days if they want to or not. Those Muslims have many sexual emergencies.

TheGardener's picture

Each on his own. Civilised Turks don`t travel to Germany to see how their  somehow

deported low lives are doing. To great an embarasment.

Glyndwr will return's picture

Mmm actually that is a significant step.

No Germans means anyone too who might be mistaken for one, which would be most Northern Europeans. Would you book a connecting flight which transits through Turkey now?

Looks like a wall going up to me. And it's a German one.

About time!

Byte Me's picture


Individual EU states have their own passports. Always have.


Glyndwr will return's picture

Funny boy. EU passports have been meaningless ever since open borders were introduced.

However, Germany, the main country that counts here, just reintroduced them.

Factmongerer. Me - not you!

escapeefromOZ's picture

Anyway the arrest of the representative of Amnesty  International is really good news ! I cannot stand those hypocrites  that cannot see the crimes of the US , but criticise countries for abuse of human rights , and do nothing  about abuses  of human rghts  in the USA nor the EU . 

Schmuck Raker's picture
Mitternacht Express (1978)
OverTheHedge's picture

Outstanding film, although I saw the English version. Should be required viewing for any youngster about to go backpacking, anywhere in the world.

c2nnib2l's picture

Having in mind that there is 3 milion Turks living in Germany that might be a bit difficult ! Probably half of them if not more got German passport 

oncemore's picture

Arrested Germans seem to be Soros-funded people.

Fuck them hard, dear Erdogan.

JohnGaltUk's picture

Throw them in the slammer and lose the key.

Feed them on Kinder Surprises

Bill of Rights's picture

So much for that Democracy thing...Now if you travel you can be arrested LMAO! When this sucker explodes its gonna be epic..

38BWD22's picture



Prediction (have no insider knowledge):

Turkey is about to become another shithole.  Does not matter if they become Russian and/or Chinese BFF.


If you're white, Turkey looks like a problem to visit, it's a big world, I'll spend my tourst bucks elsewhere.

Byte Me's picture

Should be able to get a poolside / beachside relaxer more easily then...

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

okay, that's a really good one. +2u

Vardaman's picture

Any cherman who wants to go to turkoland deserves the worst that can be visited on them.

messystateofaffairs's picture

Dear Erdogan,

You have been marked for regime change by your allies. But you know that already. I think you are so insensitive about their whining when you take defensive measures. Everybody with sense these days seems to be taking defensive measures against all the colorful help dear old (and hopefully soon to die) George so generously offers.

JailBanksters's picture

Seems strange having to warn people about going to turkey for a Holiday !!

Or does Germany censor all Newz like the USA, in which case the People have no Idea what is happening anywhere.


neutrino3's picture

So, Gabriella has still no information about jailed Piskorski in Poland. Or standard "close-eyes-boo-boo-gone" mantra.

This time it will not pass. There is healthy mail hand on irr but.

my new username's picture

Angela will be sending in the EU PanzerKorps, 1st Brigade, Armored Sun-lounger Towel Placing Division, to launch a blitzkreif attack on the pools and beaches of Turkey. It will end in failure.

shovelhead's picture

I hope she's not going to lead the charge with her bikini-ed poolside exorcism dance.


researchfix's picture

Warning tourists off Turkey is what bad losers do.

south40_dreams's picture

Somehow the Germans and the Turk's deserve each other