Germany's foreign minister visits his Turkish counterpart in Berlin, hoping to smooth over an escalating feud between the NATO allies. Rosanna Philpott reports.
Hoping to patch together a friendship amid a diplomatic row. Germany's foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel driving to visit his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in a Berlin hotel on Wednesday. The talk comes after days of trading verbal blows. Ankara riled after Germany cancelled ralleys planned in Berlin in support of President Erdogan ahead of a referendum next month On Tuesday Cavusoglu accused Berlin of exerting 'systematic pressure' over Turkish citizens in Germany And said he'd go ahead with the rallies anyway. That one day after Erdogan compared German bans on certain political rallies to "fascist actions" reminiscent of Nazi times. Relations are already tense between the NATO allies: Soured by what Turkey said was Germany's 'weak' response to condemning July's failed military coup to overthrow President Erdogan. Germany has since been sharply critical of Turkey's mass arrests and dismissals of people suspected of links to the coup. Gabriel expressing his wish to rekindle some normality...but said any comparison with Nazi Germany is a limit that can not be overstepped.