As we reported yesterday morning, the German Bundestag has voted to recognize the 1915 massacre of the Armenians by the Ottomans as a genocide, thereby incurring the ire of the Turks, and especially President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The news report below aired the day before the vote. It’s a useful reminder of all the different ways that Turkey has been a thorn in Germany’s side: Mr. Erdogan’s reaction to the obscene poem satirizing him, the Turkish demand for immediate visa-free access to the Schengen Area (without living up to the terms of the “refugee” deal), the Qaddafi-like threat to unleash millions of additional migrants on Europe, and now the new threats against Germany over the Armenian Genocide vote.
Many thanks to Egri Nök for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Well, the Germans have defied the Strutting Popinjay of Ankara, so what now? Will Recep Goat-Boy release the migrants, as per his threat? That’s really the only card he has to play at the moment — “Do as I demand, or I’ll dump a million more jihadis and rapists on Europe.” After he plays that one, he doesn’t have anything left in his hand.
And why the sudden change of course by Angela Merkel? Up until yesterday she was Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s sweetheart, and now she’s dumped him. Is there another tall, dark, handsome man in the picture?
Or maybe a short, balding man who used to be a KGB agent in Dresden…?
|00:00||On Thursday the Bundestag will vote on a resolution proposed by the Christian Democrats,|
|00:05||Social Democrats, and Greens about the massacre of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago.|
|00:11||Under its terms, the killing of 1.5 million Armenians will be classified as genocide.|
|00:17||Chancellor Merkel supports the resolution, too, but she will not be present.|
|00:22||Turkish president Erdogan warned Merkel in a phone call|
|00:26||that the approval of the resolution would of course damage the relations between both countries.|
|00:31||It is an unconcealed threat by Erdogan, which probably also relates to the refugee deal with the EU.|
|00:38||The deal is already in danger anyway. For taking in refugees,|
|00:42||Turkey was guaranteed liberalization of visas for the Schengen Area.|
|00:45||However, the EU Parliament refuses to even discuss this,|
|00:49||as long as Turkey has not reformed its anti-terror law.|
|00:52||And the Böhmermann affair also continues to strain relations between Germany and Turkey.|
|00:57||Recently the district court of Hamburg banned parts of the smear poem,|
|01:02||but Jan Böhmermann intends to appeal to the Federal Constitutional Court if necessary.