In Brief: Merkel condemns Turkey’s military offensive in Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed that under the “current conditions” the federal government will not provide any weapons to Turkey, adding she is glad that this is also the position of the European partners.

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In a speech to the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, on Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned Turkey’s military offensive in northern Syria.

Merkel said Turkey’s military operation in Syria is bringing “new human suffering” to a country which has already suffered so much.

“It claims many victims and displaces tens of thousands of people, including thousands of children,” Merkel said.

The chancellor reaffirmed that under the “current conditions” the federal government will not provide any weapons to Turkey, adding she is glad that this is also the position of the European partners.

Yet figures released by Germany’s ministry for economic affairs indicate Turkey could still be the biggest importer of German weapons this year.

According to the data, in the first eight months of 2019, Turkey acquired weapons from Germany worth over 250 million euros. That means arms exports between the country have reached the highest point in 14 years.

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Also on Thursday, Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble commemorated the victims of the recent gun attack outside a synagogue in Halle.

Schäuble talked about how the attack has again revealed the alarming tendency towards violence among right-wing extremists. The victims of this terrorist act, he said, fell into the line of fire by chance but the attacker’s goal was clear – to kill as many Jews as possible.

The attacker killed two people on the street and wounded two others after failing to get inside the synagogue.

 

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