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Claudia Roth (German Green Party) strongly condemns Turkey live on TV

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Oct 8, 2014 at 05:11

German ARD TV interviewed Claudia Roth of the German Green Party this morning.


She strongly condemns Turkish policies toward ISIS on the grounds that Turkish hospitals treat ISIS fighters and that Turkey helps potential ISIS fighters from Turkey to join others in Syria.

She accuses:

"Also eine sehr undeutliche Politik. Und da muss die Nato jetzt einmal auf den Tisch hauen und sagen, es kann nicht sein, dass der Nato-Partner Türkei eine solche dreckige Politik betreibt."


"Thus a very unclear policy. NATO must put its foot down and say, it is unacceptable that NATO-partner Turkey pursues such a dirty policy."

This line of hers is broadcasted as audio-excerpt by WDR radio with the hourly news.

Some remarks of mine.

Broadcasting Claudia Roth's accusal with the hourly radio move is quite a bold and loud move. WDR reaches 20 million people in the Nordrhein-Westfalen part of Germany. ARD is a hub for state-broadcast with its content being produced by one of the local stations. WDR is one of them. Claudia Roth is naturally aware that millions of ethnic Turks and Kurds living in Germany hear her message.

Claudio Roth herself used to be chairman of the Green Party and attended the demonstrations in Taksim Square in Turkey. Gem Özdemir succeeded her as party chairman. Özdemir, being a Turkish speaker, enjoys unfiltered and untranslated access to events in Turkey. However, he is quite a German figure in spirit as the green trees and hills suggest on his webpage.


The Green Party traditionally resents NATO. Now, they discover that NATO may provide political leverage.


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