Erdogan said on Wednesday that Europeans would not be able to walk safely if they kept up their attitudes.
"It benefits mostly the Turkish president who. with threats, insults and more is seeking majorities of Turkish citizens in Turkey and also.in Germany for the constitutional referendum of April 16". "An anti-Islam and anti-Turkish Europe", Erdogan said in his latest onslaught against the European Union.
Merkel pointed to a Foreign Ministry note sent to Turkey last week allowing Turkish referendum polling stations in Germany, in which Ankara was told that appearances by Turkish politicians must respect the principles of the German constitution, and that Berlin otherwise reserves the right to "take all necessary measures".
Erdogan did not elaborate. Tensions between Turkey and Europe have boiled in recent weeks, but acrimony over Turkey's belief that some European countries are harboring suspected terrorists has festered for years. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting with local media representatives, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Europe, in turn, questions whether fugitives wanted in Turkey would get a fair trial, and says free speech laws and other rights protect many dissidents.
His Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said a day later that Turkey was using metaphors about "facism" because it was anxious about European countries forgetting their history and falling into the trap of Nazism once again.
But Erdogan swatted away such fears, saying the membership process and the 2016 EU-Turkey deal on stopping the flow of migrants into Europe could not be used against Turkey. "Well, I am with my people", Erdogan said.
On Monday in Berlin, the german government's deputy spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said the authorities of the state of Hesse were responsible for security affairs in the region, and not federal authorities.
Both NATO partners have also rowed over a German TV comedian's biting satire targeting Erdogan and, more recently, Ankara's arrest of a journalist with the German daily Die Welt. He was detained after his reports about a hacker attack on the email account of the country's energy minister, who is Erdogan's son-in-law. Germany dismissed Erdogan's claims as absurd.