German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan have pledged further cooperation in the fight against terrorism during Merkel’s visit to
“With the [attempted] coup we saw how the Turkish people stood up for democracy and for the rules of democracy in
Asked about the upcoming referendum on constitutional changes that would shift
“Everything should be done so that social pluralism and separation of powers are under guarantee in such a profound political transformation,” Merkel said, adding that she had conveyed her recommendation to ErdoÄŸan that Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) observers be present during the referendum.
“The democratic principles that the Turkish public defends should be protected in the new system,” she said
Meanwhile, the Turkish president also reacted against Merkel’s use of the phrase “Islamist terror,” saying it would be disappointing to use the term due to ISIL.
“Please don’t use it. As a Muslim president, I cannot accept it,” ErdoÄŸan said.
In her reply, Merkel stressed the difference between “Islamic” and “Islamist” and said she attributes great importance to freedom of religion in