The Strategist

Turkey calls more than 500 German companies "terrorists supporters"

07/24/2017 - 15:13

The Turkish government has included some German companies on a list of suspected terrorists. According to German business publication Handelsblatt, there are 681 companies from Germany.

Mstyslav Chernov
Mstyslav Chernov
Handelsblatt’s journalists referred to sources in government circles in Germany. Previously, it was believed that only 68 persons and companies from Germany were on the list of suspects. Moreover, the Turkish authorities at the moment are completely denying existence of such a "black" list.

The Turkish government included German concerns Daimler and BASF in the list of suspected terrorists. In general, the list, which the Turkish authorities transferred to Germany, includes 68 individuals and organizations, ZEIT reported earlier. The newspaper wrote that, according to the Turkish side, the company listed them as supporters of an opposition preacher Fethullah Gülen, whom Ankara considers involved in last year's attempted coup in Turkey.

The German authorities called the "Turkish" list of suspected companies absurd. However, inclusion in the "Turkish" list can have very unpleasant consequences for Daimler and BASF, although there is virtually no evidence of their involvement in supporting terrorism.

In turn, Germany said that it will review the terms of issuing loans to Turkey. As reported earlier, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel declared that the conditions, on which Berlin offers Ankara investment loans and economic aid, will be reviewed. The decision was agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the head of the Social Democratic Party, Martin Schulz, the German Foreign Ministry say. Germany also plans to revise the terms for providing EU support for Turkey's preparations for EU membership.

The German Foreign Ministry does not exclude that the Federal Republic of Germany can reduce investments in Turkey. According to the German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, one cannot advise anyone to invest in a country that equals business enterprises to terrorists. 


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