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Angela Merkel
It is not right and I'm very glad that Spain has now released him. We must not misuse international organisations like Interpol for such purposes.feedback
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NEW Aug 20 2017
“I am calling on all my countrymen in Germany... the Christian Democrats (CDU), SDP, the Green Party are all enemies of Turkey. Support those political parties who are not enemies of Turkey. I call on them not to vote for those parties who have been engaged in such aggressive, disrespectful attitudes against Turkey, and I invite them to teach a lesson to those political parties at the ballot box.” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking about Turkey. It’s one of the 795 quotes about Turkey you can find on this page. 416 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Mevlut Cavusoglu and Sigmar Gabriel. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Salika Cakiroglu

Modern archery is like you're shooting a machine; with traditional, you feel it.feedback

Nicholas Danforth

Nicholas Danforth is a senior policy analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Project.feedback

Dursun Ozbek

If he ever wants to return to Turkey, he will definitely be playing for Galatasaray.feedback

Simon Waldman

It could be the case that Turkey is playing what it thinks is kind of a clever game to get the U.S. hardware.feedback

Alexei Yerkhov

There is a very big murmur both in Washington and in Brussels on this issue.feedback

Marc Pierini

I think what we are seeing now is a destabilized leadership in Turkey trying to prove to the rest of the world they have options. They are displeased with the U.S. administration because of its support to YPG.feedback

Roman Schweizer - Cowen and Company

Is Turkey, a large and important NATO ally, moving way from NATO and more into the sphere of Russia. Is that a country that we want to be selling F-35s to? Somebody could ask that question at some point.feedback

Marc Pierini

Since the coup attempt, the destabilization is such that you can hardly find a direction that makes sense – at least from a European standpoint. It goes in all directions at the same time, and this is what is so deeply troubling.feedback

Jermaine Pennant

There were so many options. It was not only Hibs. I could have gone to Turkey, Cyprus, back to India, Indonesia. This was definitely not the only deal on offer. People wouldn't bat an eyelid if I went to the top division in Turkey or Cyprus but this is about the big picture. When I had the offer from Glenn Tamplin [Billericay's millionaire owner and now manager] I couldn't turn it down. There could be opportunities here to prepare for coaching or management.feedback

Sultan Mohammed

I could not fight them, and I could not stay there, so I took my entire family and escaped to Turkey. I fled thinking they won't do any harm to my son-in-law and my daughter.feedback

Bilal Mese - Milliyet

I re-evaluated my decision after talking to Lucescu. Footballers are needed for the honour of the national team.feedback

Wayde van Niekerk

I think this is just the beginning of what I'm capable of in my career.feedback

Becca Stevens

They talked about the day they decided to leave. They could tell that story, heading out, and they did talk about how those life vests were a symbol of oppression in many ways. It wasn't a symbol of freedom. One of the women talked about the very first time she went and made it through to Turkey to get to Greece. They charged her 180 euros for the first life vest, and then the boat didn't even make it. She had to buy another vest and another vest. It was on the fourth time that she finally got it.feedback

Wayde van Niekerk

It really did upset me a bit because I have always shown him massive respect and for him to mention my name in something fishy, as an IAAF favourite is unfair, I've been putting out great performances for the last two years now so I think I deserve way more respect from my competitors. I want to compete and I'm not here to make friends, so I learned a great lesson, to focus on myself and not letting negative things affect me.feedback

Paula Radcliffe

When you look at those [cheats] from 2012, then 80% of those come from four countries: Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Belarus. But only one of those countries has been banned. That has to go further.feedback

Wayde van Niekerk

Every athlete is choosing their own way, nobody is pushing anyone to do anything the right way or the wrong way, you are responsible for your own actions.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Germany is abetting terrorists. We gave (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel 4,500 dossiers, but have not received an answer on a single one of them. When there is a terrorist, they can tell us to give that person back. You won't send the ones you have to us, but can ask us for yours. So you have a judiciary, but we don't in Turkey?feedback

Botan English

Civilians were being moved out of the town and this father, with his son and daughter, stepped on a landmine. His leg was hanging off and his kids, who must have been about three and five, were badly injured. Joe was the only person on the scene with medical training and he tied up the man's leg and treated the kids' wounds before an ambulance arrived to take them to hospital. I'm sure they wouldn't have made it if it hadn't been for Joe. I'm just happy that the restrictions placed on me have been dropped and that I can finally move on with my life.feedback

Leo Varadkar

After all, we have one with Turkey. Surely we can have one with the United Kingdom? It's an enhancement, not a dilution of who we are.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

From Turkey to China, strongmen rewrite the past to suit their ends. But democracies are not immune to this revisionism. On 22 July, the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán stood before university students and delivered a speech titled “Will Europe belong to Europeans?” It contained rambling passages about how a “Soros plan” was in place to bring in “hundreds of thousands of migrants every year – if possible, a million – to the territory of the European Union from the Muslim world”. The aim was to transform the continent into “a new, Islamised Europe”. This, Orbán argued, was what lay behind “Brussels’ continuous and stealthy withdrawal of powers from the nation states”. Orbán has form when it comes to this kind of paranoid vision. He’s an authoritarian populist who has made a habit of stoking xenophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment. He eagerly amplifies far-right conspiracy theories about the Christian majority being threatened by demographic “replacement”. His message isn’t just fake news about the present, however. It comes laced with historical distortion.feedback

Leo Varadkar

After all, we have one with Turkey. Surely we can have one with the United Kingdom? At a time when Brexit threatens to drive a wedge between north and south we need to build more bridges and fewer borders. I promise I will play my part in helping to do exactly that.feedback

Mike Phelan - Manchester City

They were talking about crowded closed spaces, you know, potentially public transport, and so on. We have completely disrupted this plot so now not only have we stopped the [improvised explosive device] that we believed to go on the plane but we have also completely disrupted the intended chemical dispersion device and we believe we have got all the necessary components of that device as well.feedback

Matthias Zieschang - Fraport

Given the positive trends and very surprising run by the Russians to Antalya in the first six months, we are changing our guidance so that we now see potential of up to 24 million.feedback

Brian Malley

A time when people are particularly interested in finding something that's going to add color to their daily life.feedback

Becky Crumbley

All I knew to do was get down there and love on him and talk to him. I just keep reliving that moment–if I'd have been five minutes earlier and just got him out of there, maybe I could've doctored him instead of putting him to sleep. I could've at least loved him to death–literally.feedback

Holly Vaughn - Department of Natural Resources

Turkeys are extremely clever birds and are generally very wary when they perceive that something dangerous may be close by. This bird responded well to the perceived danger of the rocket net, but did not seem to perceive cars as a danger.feedback

Kim Gray

Now it's really calm. I think people feel like they had closure.feedback

Becky Crumbley

They just started bashing me. It was just a constant stressful thing the way they were attacking me over taking care of a wild turkey, so I left that group.feedback

Kim Gray

I can't explain the phenomenon. Why everyone–including myself–has spent and committed so much time and effort to a wild turkey. I don't think anyone's been able to identify what the magic glue was that held everybody together. It really became a tale of two cities in some ways.feedback

Larry Hoxey

You've got these critics who scoff and say 'We've got world hunger, we've got ISIS, we've got all kinds of things going on and you're getting all obsessed over a stupid bird?'. When you hear that, you hear a soul that is asleep.feedback

Brian Malley

There you have the human condition. Some people are saying 'What a community builder,' and then they're fighting over his remains, which is the most absurd thing.feedback

Larry Hoxey

That seems to be the new hobby of people is to become polarized. And that's exactly what's happened here. In deference to people on both sides of the issue, the turkey is the one who decided to own the intersection. No one forced it to do that. The turkey was its own worst enemy. It had a death wish, and it got it fulfilled, sadly.feedback

Larry Hoxey

I would like to join with all of you in keeping this goodwill alive. Because Whittaker has left us a gift. And some may scoff and some may judge, but I'm telling you, what is happening is real. You can feel it. You can't point to love…but you can sure feel it when it exists.feedback

Holly Vaughn - Department of Natural Resources

They did not want to unduly stress the bird, so after the second attempt, they let the turkey be.feedback

Becky Crumbley

We have no way to verify anything, but it all happened after these fights on the Facebook page.feedback

Brian Malley

Another factor was that if you didn't want to hit him, you had to watch out for him. He commanded your attention.feedback

Barbara Patton

I despised the silly arguments that erupted. None of it was so serious that it needed to be argued over. It wasn't brain cancer. So let's be a little kinder to each other.feedback

Kim Gray

I don't wax poetic about Whittaker. I just feel like he made me slow down and appreciate something unique for while we had him. That was unbelievable and lovely.feedback

Lori Clark

Whittaker didn't choose her–she fed him. Anybody can condition an animal with food.feedback

Becky Crumbley

My page will not be for bickering, I won't have it. If you don't support us and what we think is best for Whittaker, then go back to Kim's page.feedback

Becky Crumbley

I didn't have anybody to just call and say 'Do you want to do lunch?feedback

Wendy Welch

Though this is a unique thing for us, it's not for the country–as human development expands to decrease natural habitat, we're essentially forcing wild animals to make our neighborhoods their own.feedback

Li Ming

The coaching staff have been made aware of the issue and will prepare for all possibilities. The final decision will be made in two days.feedback

Li Ming

Our club did receive an offer from Trabzonspor but we rejected it without any hesitation. We have talked about it with Yilmaz and our president Zhou Jinhui also discussed the matter with him, hoping to persuade him to stay. Yilmaz said he wanted to stay and was unwilling to leave, but he was forced to deal with family issues. If he doesn't return [to Turkey], he will lose custody of his child. We are eager to help him but the lawsuit was filed in Turkey, there's nothing we can do.feedback

Li Ming

If Yilmaz has to quit for family issues, we won't make things difficult for his transfer. He is one of us, who has made a contribution to Guoan. We'll try to understand his grievances.feedback

Bahri Bayram Belen

We want freedom of thought and the press for our country, we want an impartial and independent judiciary and fair trials for our country. Without these, we cannot have a democracy.feedback

Mira Rojkan

It was just awful. They said someone had sent them an email saying we were terrorists about to do something in Turkey. They wouldn't say who it was from. It is absolute nonsense. They arrested us on the beach while we were vacationing with my mother.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The rest are either terrorists, or they were carrying guns, or they robbed ATM machines. If I don't speak up right now, when will I use my privilege? When will be the right time?feedback

Aydin Engin

We're living day by day. Today we will make Cumhuriyet as best as it can be but we don't know about tomorrow.feedback

Aydin Engin

It was not very tough because it was in stages – six months here, one year here.feedback

Aydin Engin

Military judges, military prosecutors tried to work kind of within the law... now we don't have any of that anymore. The Cumhuriyet trial is not a legal trial it's a political trial.feedback

Frank Goeritz

And then we can continue our mission to bring them to a final destination.feedback

Amir Khalil

To go to the border to see how difficult it is, to make some tests, to bring one cage out - it is impossible. So to bring wild animals, it was a long, long way.feedback

Eric Margolis

We are waiting day by day now; we hope it will happen this week. People are literally risking their lives to go into a war zone.feedback

Eric Margolis

There was a wonderful man who went and fed them, and he took up collections from Aleppo, from people he knew, and he had just enough food to keep some of them alive.feedback

William Jackson - Capital Economics

It would seem likely that the sharp fall in inflation that we expect over the next six months will open the door to monetary easing. We think this is most likely to happen right towards the end of the year.feedback

William Jackson - Capital Economics

The statement accompanying today's decision... once again struck a relatively hawkish note. Our sense, though, is that this hawkish stance will not last for too much longer.feedback

Dimitris Avramopoulos

Looking at the results achieved so far, one thing is very clear: relocation works if the political will is there. What we need now is a final push to achieve our common goal of relocating the vast majority of the asylum seekers present and eligible in Greece and Italy by September.feedback

Dimitris Avramopoulos

Italy in particular is under enormous pressure and I call on all member states to further step up their relocation efforts from Italy. The EU won't leave countries with an external border alone and the commission will continue to ensure that all member states comply with their legal obligations when it comes to relocation.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

It does not matter whether it is journalists or activists. If on one side you have journalists who do their job well, with freedom, and on the other side of the so-called journalists who support a terrorist organisations, you have to separate them.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

Cooperation and dialogue need to be sustained in concrete, positive steps in areas of rule of law and fundamental freedoms. Meeting "provided us the opportunity to discuss issues that are very high on both of our agendas in a very comprehensive manner that we spent many hours together.feedback

Osman Baydemir

Fascism can only be stopped through a democratic battle. This is what we're saying. We will be here for seven days, 24 hours a day. No violence, no animosity, we are just shouting that we have not given in to fascism.feedback

John Dalhuisen - Amnesty International

This is a defining moment for civil society in Turkey and its a defining moment for the international community in its relationship with Turkey. These relationship need to change and our colleagues the human rights community in Turkey they need to be released and they need to be supported.feedback

Kadri Gursel

I find myself here before you, not because, while not being a member of a terrorist organisation, I knowingly and willingly aided a terrorist organisation, but because I am an independent, investigative and critical journalist.feedback

Giorgos Kyritsis

Life on the island is returning to normal. The infrastructure problems are being repaired.feedback

Johannes Hahn - European Union

That is why member states have clearly stated that under the current circumstance the the opening of new chapters [in the accession negotiations] is not possible but they have clearly denied to suspend or terminate negotiations.feedback

Omer Celik

After the Brexit decision we are pleased to see the EU continues to be strong. It's our common future.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

Clearly Turkey is and stays a candidate country. Many of our colleagues prefer to focus on the red lines. I prefer to focus on what we have in common.feedback

Manfred Weber

The EU has repeatedly extended its hand to Turkey through various initiatives but Turkish president Erdoğan has consistently spurned it. Turkey's accession to the EU makes no sense.feedback

Osman Baydemir

The blockade at this park is a sign of the real situation in Turkey... A political party that got 70 percent of votes (in Diyarbakir) cannot carry out its group meeting in the park.feedback

Rebecca Harms

It's clearly a political trial, it's to threaten independent journalists, especially ones like Ahmet Sik. He was one of the most known investigative journalists in Turkey and he is in prison because of his investigations and because of the quality of his articles and not because he is a terrorist.feedback

Anne Applebaum

If an illiberal government - democratically elected, but determined to change the rules - tries to do something unconstitutional, what can the public do? What can the political opposition do? This is a dilemma we now know from several countries - Russia, Venezuela, Turkey, Hungary, Poland, and possibly soon Greece. The prospects are pretty gloomy, as I’ve argued before, for those who want to stay within the bounds of the law.feedback

Can Dundar

I´m proud of my friends in jail still resisting and defending the paper and their rights to express themselves and defending the truth.feedback

Bekir Bozdag

Israel's attitude over Al-Aqsa is wrong, unlawful and unacceptable. Israel's actions there violate both human rights and the freedom of religion and faith. We call on the international community to take a unified stance against Israel.feedback

Steven M. Ellis

The indictment seems to rely on reporting – they spoke to people or reported what they said. We see that claim as most suspicious.feedback

Akin Atalay

Cumhuriyet is not going to be scared, it is not going to stop. It never had any relationship with a terrorist group. Its only activity is journalistic.feedback

Akin Atalay

One aim is to silence Cumhuriyet or seize it. The second aim is to show other journalists their fate and in practice what will happen if they write what the government does not like.feedback

William Jackson - Capital Economics

(The zloty) has reversed some of the losses seen late last week. Attention now will focus on these controversial laws going back to parliament, how they are redrafted and whether in their final form they will continue to cause alarm for investors and for the European Union.feedback

Chuka Umunna

There are members of the single market who are not members of the EU; Turkey is basically part of the customs union but not in the EU.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We must protect our citizens. However difficult the political relations between Germany and Turkey, one thing is clear: you, people of Turkish roots in Germany belong here with us, whether you have a German passport or not. We have always striven for good relations with Turkey, because we know that good relations are important for you (German Turks).feedback

Tobias Garnett

This trial offers the government another opportunity to change course in its campaign against Turkey's independent media. Journalism is not a crime. Prosecutors should stop dressing up legitimate criticism as terrorism and harassing journalists through the courts.feedback

Tobias Garnett

It's not just a struggle for free press. Our arrested colleagues are people of a high moral and intellectual calibre. It's for everyone who lost their jobs, those who have been on hunger strike. They're struggling for both of us. That's why I believe it's a new start.feedback

Giorgos Kyritsis

There are not many old buildings left on Kos. Nearly all the structures on the island have been built under the new codes to withstand earthquakes,'' he added.feedback

Giorgos Kyritsis

Are touring the island with their tour guides. We don't have a big problem. The ferry connection has been restored with the port of Kefalos and we are waiting as soon as possible to repair the damage at the (main) port.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

As I said, we have the war to defeat ISIS in which many of those battle plans are being coordinated between the US, its coalition agreements, Turkey, some of the Syrian opposition and others. And it is being coordinated somewhat with the Syrian regime and the Russian forces to put pressure on ISIS to eliminate them. I think our strategy in Syria, as you know, our priority is first the defeat of ISIS. Remove them from access to the Caliphate because that's where the threat to the homeland and to so many other homelands of our coalition partners is emanating from.feedback

Huseyin Gulerce

He is a wolf dressed as Little Red Riding Hood. He is obsessed with the idea that he is going to rule the world.feedback

Ali Ipek

For two years I've been trying to prove there is no Smurf Village in Ankara, because some idiot mentioned Smurfs in a report.feedback

Huseyin Gulerce

I think of Akin Ipek as one of Gulen's biggest victims. He is to be pitied. Gulen used him.feedback

Ali Ipek

It was something I could afford. There are a lot of small mines in Turkey. It cost $1 million.feedback

Ali Ipek

I was shocked and angry. But I thought they would leave after a couple days. There was no reason to stay.feedback

Ali Ipek

He didn't mind, he wasn't angry. I liked him very much. I saw him as a very reasonable, very logical person. He was trying to do what was right for the country – trying to join the European Union, talking about human rights.feedback

James Jeffrey

What I heard from people in business that I know is, Never get in a fight with a Gulenist company. They'll get the case in front of Gulenist judges and you'll lose no matter what the facts are.feedback

Ali Ipek

I have not committed one single crime in my life, not a traffic penalty.feedback

Jonathan Friedman - Stroz Friedberg

We've seen this new narrative about Turkey as it has taken an authoritarian turn. In boardrooms, the country is now a very hard sell.feedback

Ali Ipek

He was not reasonable anymore. I told him, Consider me your younger brother and let me tell you some truths. You need to look at the whole wall, not concentrate on one brick. I'll ask my columnists to be a little more polite, but we want people to be free to express their opinion. We promised them a free press.feedback

Ali Ipek

In mining, you need to explain what you are doing, you need to be transparent. I thought that instead of spending money on P.R., I would buy a newspaper.feedback

Constantina Svynou

There is no problem at the hotels, the tourists have dealt calmly with developments.feedback

David Yerasklis

Given the amount of people outside at the time, having only two victims is a miracle.feedback

Bernd Riexinger

If the German Foreign Ministry warns against going on holiday in Turkey, then there needs to be an end to deportations of Turkish citizens.feedback

Howard Eissenstat

The case of the Alevi suggests that the A.K.P. always lacked the imagination to account for Turkey's real diversity. It has embraced the idea that there is really only one true way to be part of the Turkish nation.feedback

Ali Gormez

The purpose was not to find another Sunni place of worship but to prevent the Alevis from worshiping as they like. It's a policy, of denying the existence of Alevis.feedback

Yunus Laco

They asked me: 'Are you an Alevi? Is there anyone in your family who prays five times a day?feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We are all citizens of the Turkish republic. We are all hosts of this country, siblings without discrimination between you and us. A cemevi is not a place of worship, it is a center for cultural activities. Muslims should only have one place of worship.feedback

Howard Eissenstat

Secularists talk about Erdogan as an Islamist, whereas Alevis often look at him as explicitly Sunni.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The German government that harbours Turkish terrorists in their country must first give an account for this. How will they explain the financial support given to those people there?feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I strongly condemn the German economy minister's baseless comments aimed at startling and disturbing companies investing in our country with indirect messages. There isn't any investigation on any German company in Turkey. These accusations are all lies.feedback

Adam Szymczyk

He walked on foot across Turkey and then ended up for a time being in the town of Patras (Greece) where he lived in these ceramic pipes that are used for canalisation.feedback

Mesut Ozil

Many people ask me that question [about Fenerbahce], my family, my friends. When they hear something like that they keep telling me: 'Join that club' or 'Go there!', but at the moment I have a contract at Arsenal and I do not think about Turkey or other leagues.feedback

Kristian Stevens

Some have been seen with blankets and pillows not sure if it is safe to return home.feedback

Kristian Stevens

It was quite surreal as I had just laid down in bed and the whole building shook. The whole building shook like a jelly. Many of the locals rushed out into the streets still in underwear.feedback

Metin Kestaneci

There was first a noise and then a roar. Before I could ask 'what's happening?' my boat was dragged toward the shore. We found ourselves on the shore. I've never experienced such a thing.feedback

Hakan Cavusoglu

All of our state's institutions are here for our citizens.feedback

Linda Lundgren

I saw every bartender jumping over the bar. I was like getting the roof out of my head because it was falling and then we came out and I was like trying to find my staff and everything just turned black.feedback

Linda Lundgren

It was shaking a bit, and I was like 'OK.' Then everything. I saw the bar just floating around and drinks flying all over the place. I saw people freezing and then running out, pushing.feedback

Dimitris Tzanakopoulos

The damage on the island (of Kos) is not widespread. The airport is working, and the road network and infrastructure are in good shape. The damage was at the bar and the old part of the town and we had the very unfortunate deaths of the two people.feedback

Naomi Ruddock

The restaurant manager just said that he's never seen anything like this ever happen ever around this area or ever in Greece. He said it was like something out of a film, and it was.feedback

Sophie Wild

We were asleep and were awoken by what sounded like banging on our door, it got louder and louder and the building started shaking. We jumped up ran to the balcony to see what it was (my first thought when we heard the banging was that we were being attacked). When we realised it was an earthquake, we got an immediate sense to get out, we thought the building was going to crumble around us. We ran down our stairs (were on third floor).feedback

Naomi Ruddock

We were asleep and we just felt the room shaking. The room moved. Literally everything was moving. And it kind of felt like you were on a boat and it was swaying really fast from side to side, you felt seasick.feedback

Sophie Wild

People were running out of rooms, banging on people's doors to make sure they were out. Everyone just ran outside and waited for a couple of hours - it's only now that people are starting to go back to their rooms. There are a few cracks in the walls but otherwise staff says it's safe.feedback

Stephanos Kolokouris

We are operating in the main town, and will remain there. We conducted a very extensive search of other areas where people are living and fortunately there was no serious problem.feedback

Daniel Markham

Earthquake Rhodes felt it here too. Pretty strong. Looked out the window to see the waves in the pool.feedback

Sedat Zincirkiran

I felt a big kick on the boat from the depths. We ran to deck to see what was happening. It was really severe. It lasted about 30 seconds, and aftershocks keep happening. One is happening as I'm speaking to you.feedback

Christopher Hackland

There was a lot of screaming and crying and hysterics coming from the hotel. It felt like being at a theme park with one of the illusions, an optical illusion where you feel like you're upside down.feedback

Christopher Hackland

The instant reaction was to get ourselves out of the room. There was banging. There was shaking. The light was swinging, banging on the ceiling, crockery falling out of the cupboards, and pans.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I want to remind my German friends, and to all world, you do not have the power to defame Turkey. You do not have the power to scare us with these kinds of things.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The government who is hiding Turkish terrorists in Germany should first explain this. Why are they hiding in Germany? How they can explain the material support given to them?feedback

Ozgur Unluhisarcikli

Turkey is playing a game of brinkmanship with the hope that Germany will back down because that is what has happened in the past. But that may not be the case this time.feedback

Wolfgang Schäuble

You are traveling to Turkey at your own risk, we can no longer provide guarantees.feedback

Efthymios Lekkas

For the strength of this earthquake, followed by so many aftershocks, the damage was actually quite limited. Most people have been cleared to return home.feedback

Hans-Georg Maassen

We know about the Turkish government's influence on the Turkish community here in Germany.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We expect a return to European values. We need our policies towards Turkey to go in a new direction. We can't go on as we are. We need to be clearer than we have been, so that those responsible in Ankara understand that such policies are not without consequences.feedback

Hans-Georg Maassen

For us it's important that this is made into a subject of discussion and that this is perceived as a problem in Germany.feedback

Mehmet Halis Biden

We expect life in our tourism town to go back to normal in a speedy way.feedback

Giorgos Halkidios

Two or three of them are in serious condition and are in surgery.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We want Turkey to be a part of the West, or at least remain in its current position, but it takes two to tango. I cannot make out any willingness on the part of the current Turkish government to follow this path with us. For that reason Germany is forced to reorient its Turkey policy.feedback

Ibrahim Kalin

Those who see that animosity ... against our president helps them score points have jumped on the bandwagon. We strongly condemn statements that German citizens who travel to Turkey are not safe and that German companies in Turkey have hesitations and concerns. There is no such thing.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

And I must say frankly that I can not imagine that there are negotiations on the extension of the Customs Union if citizens of the European Union are detained in Turkey without any basis.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Until now there was guidance for certain groups but we're saying that now applies to all German citizens, not just for those with certain jobs .... Everyone can be affected. The most absurd things are possible.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We must now consider how he will change our policies towards Turkey due to an escalation there. I see the following points – first of all, nobody can be recommended to invest into a country where there is no legal security … I do not consider it possible that we, as a federal government, could continue guaranteeing further German investment into the Turkish economy … We need to discuss how we will develop our framework econopmic relations, what we'll do with credits, investments, economic aid.feedback

Angela Merkel

We are firmly convinced that this arrest is absolutely unjustified. We, as the German government, condemn it. We declare our solidarity with him and all the others arrested. And the German government will do all it can, on all levels, to secure his release.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

The case of Peter Steudtner shows that German citizens are no longer safe from arbitrary arrests.feedback

Steffen Seibert

Unfortunately we have constant cause to talk to Turkey about civil and press freedoms. We think it is important to review aid in light of the latest developments.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

I can't see how we as the German government can continue to guarantee corporate investments in Turkey if there is the threat of arbitrary expropriation for political reasons. We need to talk about how we can develop our Hermes guarantee framework and how we deal with investment loans and economic aid.feedback

John Dalhuisen - Amnesty International

There is no room in the Turkey of today, for an independent critical civil society, independent critical reporting. This is to be removed from Erdogan's Turkey. Turkey is on a one way track to a very dark and dangerous place right now.feedback

John Dalhuisen - Amnesty International

Too many Western governments have been locked in a fatal embrace with the Turkish government at the moment it slides into an authoritarian direction. Everyone knows this is happening in Turkey, and it needs to be said. These arrests represent a red line, and must be the moment when the terms of engagement with Turkey are reset.feedback

Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

Today's decision shows that truth and justice have become total strangers in Turkey. This is not a legitimate prosecution. This is a politically motivated persecution that charts a frightening future for rights in Turkey.feedback

Mustafa Balbay

You go and give an 18-year old student the right to elect and be elected, but don't give him the right to learn about the theory of evolution. ... This is being close minded and ignorant.feedback

Andrew Gardner - Amnesty International

What is absolutely crystal clear, 100 percent clear is this was a routine human rights workshop – the sort of workshop that happens all over Turkey, in fact the sort of workshop that happens all over the world.feedback

Iverna McGowan - Amnesty International

We will not rest until our colleagues and human rights defenders are released. having said that, of course, under these circumstances, we will be keeping the security of our staff under very close review. The EU is very clear in support for human rights defenders on paper, but the response so far has been quite muted. Next week, Turkish Foreign Minister is travelling to Brussels and we will be strongly calling on Federica Mogherini, as High Representative, to speak out publicly and very purposely against this outrageous injustice in Turkey.feedback

Mehhmet Balik

The new policies that ban the teaching of evolution and requiring all schools to have a prayer room, these actions destroy the principle of secularism and the scientific principles of education.feedback

Mehhmet Balik

The bottom line is: generations who ask questions, that's what the government fears.feedback

Andrew Gardner - Amnesty International

What is absolutely crystal clear, one hundred percent clear is this was a routine human rights workshop -- the sort of workshop that happens all over Turkey, in fact the sort of workshop that happens all over the world.feedback

Angela Merkel

We are strongly convinced that this arrest is absolutely unjustified.feedback

Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

Turkish prosecutors have had 12 days to establish the obvious: that these ten activists are innocent. The decision to proceed shows that truth and justice have become total strangers in Turkey. This is not a legitimate investigation, this is a politically motivated witch-hunt that charts a frightening future for rights in Turkey. Leaders around the world must stop biting their tongues and acting as if they can continue business as usual. They must bring pressure to bear on Turkish authorities to drop the investigation and to immediately and unconditionally release the rights defenders.feedback

Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

Today we have learnt that standing up for human rights has become a crime in Turkey. This is a moment of truth, for Turkey and for the international community. Leaders around the world must stop biting their tongues and acting as if they can continue business as usual. They must bring pressure to bear on Turkish authorities to drop these spurious charges and to immediately and unconditionally release the rights defenders.feedback

Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

Turkish prosecutors have had 12 days to establish the obvious: that these 10 activists are innocent. The decision to proceed shows that truth and justice have become total strangers in Turkey. This is not a legitimate investigation, this is a politically motivated witch-hunt that charts a frightening future for rights in Turkey.feedback

Andrew Gardner - Amnesty International

It is politically motivated targeting not just of these six human rights defenders who have been remanded in pre-trial prison custody, but it is taking aim at Turkey's entire human rights movement. What we've learned today is that defending human rights has become a crime in Turkey. After this decision none of us who defend human rights in Turkey, whether it is Amnesty International or other organisations, are safe in this country. This decision cannot be allowed to stand.feedback

Nurettin Canikli

All of those in the state's high levels have been dismissed, but there are still hidden people.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I don't look at what Hans and George say. I look at what Ahmet, Mehmet, Hasan, Huseyin, Ayse, Fatma and Hatice say. We know who is behind FETO, the PKK and all of them. We cannot defeat the queen, king, or sheikhs without defeating the pawns, knights and castles. Firstly, we will rip the heads off of these traitors.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The stance of the European Union is clear to see ... 54 years have passed and they are still messing us about. We will sort things out for ourselves. There's no other option. We know who is behind FETO, the PKK and all of them. We cannot defeat the queen, king, or sheikhs without defeating the pawns, knights and castles. Firstly, we will rip the heads off of these traitors.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

One year after the attempted coup, Europe's hand remains outstretched. If Turkey were to introduce the death penalty, the Turkish government would finally slam the door to EU membership. We know who is behind FETO, the PKK and all of them. We cannot defeat the queen, king, or sheikhs without defeating the pawns, knights and castles. Firstly, we will rip the heads off of these traitors.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

On Monday we are going to assemble the state security council and discuss this issue and advise our government to extend the emergency law again.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

My friends and I said, We have one nation, if we are to die, let's do it like men. Everyone who was there with me had come there to die. Nobody was afraid of death.feedback

Emin Yildirim

These things are necessary. The homeland comes first. If I don't have a homeland, where can I have a democracy?feedback

Mustafa Bas

I sat down and cried. I thought: 'When will these things come to Turkey?' And then Tayyip Erdogan brought them all to Turkey, all these things that citizens deserve.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

One year after the attempted coup, Europe's hand remains outstretched. Now I wait that Turkey would also clearly show its European colors and firmly follow the European basic values.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Exactly a year ago today, around this hour, a treacherous attempt took place. The July 15 coup attempt is not the first attack against our country, and it won't be the last. For that reason, we'll first cut the heads off of these traitors.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

These are still their good days. I have spoken with our prime minister and said 'when they appear in court, they should wear one type of outfit, like in Guantanamo.feedback

Binali Yildirim

Our people did not leave sovereignty to their enemies and took hold of democracy to the death. These monsters will surely receive the heaviest punishment they can within the law. We are able to come together again here today because of our 250 heroic martyrs, 2,193 heroic veterans and the great Turkish people. Your country is grateful to you.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

They are asking how many people have been dismissed from work, how their needs will be met from now on. Let them work in private sector. Why should we care? Will we think about them? Let them work in private sector. Will the state look after them? The state looked after them and they betrayed the state.feedback

Kemal Kilicdaroglu

This parliament, which withstood bombs, has been rendered obsolete and its authority removed. In the past year, justice has been destroyed. Instead of rapid normalisation, a permanent state of emergency has been implemented.feedback

Binali Yildirim

It has been exactly one year since Turkey's darkest and longest night was transformed into a bright day, since an enemy occupation turned into the people's legend. We are able to come together again here today because of our 250 heroic martyrs, 2,193 heroic veterans and the great Turkish people. Your country is grateful to you.feedback

Monica Marks

They're seeing a very majoritarian model in practice and I fear that this might be reinforcing some of their more autocratic tendencies. What you're seeing in Turkey is a regime that at least on its surface looks very powerful, using a discourse of democratic legitimacy to defend what are in many ways undemocratic policies. It's very seductive.feedback

Ayman Abdel-Ghani

Communications on a human level and a political level are more or less impossible because people there are in hiding.feedback

Shadi Hamid

The Brotherhood provides a different kind of religious legitimacy. It will remain the only long-term threat of importance to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.feedback

Ahmed Gad

The same governments that are supporting our freedoms are supporting our lives here.feedback

Monica Marks

Just as where you study abroad in your 20s is important, where you spend your exile is also very important.feedback

Binali Yıldırım

We are able to come together again here today because of our 250 heroic martyrs, 2,193 heroic veterans and the great Turkish people. Your country is grateful to you.feedback

Binali Yıldırım

It has been exactly one year since Turkey's darkest and longest night was transformed into a bright day, since an enemy occupation turned into the people's legend.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

I reiterate my strong message that any attempt to undermine democracy in any of our allied countries is unacceptable. I still remember the shock I felt seeing the damage inflicted at the parliament building by the bombardments of the coup plotters.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

All our efforts are focused on a solution that suits the laws of brotherly relations.feedback

Eusebio Di Francesco

A very interesting player, he is Turkish and will have to learn the language. The adaptation of the Turks in the past was not always perfect, so there will be work. He is a different kind of footballer but I assure you that he has important qualities.feedback

Numan Kurtulmus

We are talking about a structure (going back) more than 40 years, hence it is not possible to cleanse it in one day.feedback

Numan Kurtulmus

This is a process that will continue for a long time. We have to continue very decisively.feedback

Yavuz Baydar

The live coverage that night was dynamic and reactive enough, in terms of coovering the actual developments. However, when take a look with a wider perspective at the following days, weeks and months, because we have to do this. It is important to understand the media's work in the long term. The media failed to address all the necessary questions from all sides of the story. Think,.. the coup attempt was not questioned in the build up nor after the event in any detail.feedback

Yavuz Baydar

The coup attempt has turned this year into a nightmare. I mean, what was left of Turkish democracy went down the drain in one night. It was like a collective suicide mission launched by a group of rogue military officers. However, everything continued with a counter-coup. The main question, which remains, is whether this coup attempt and military insurgence could have been stopped even before it started. We can still not get an answer to this key question?feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Those who were affected were people like me who defend the law. I defended human rights and the state of law 15 years ago and I defend them today. I will defend them in 10 years time if I live that long.feedback