Martin Schulz calls for ban on Erdoğan rallies in Germany

The German authorities anticipate that Erdogan's visit could trigger unrest in Hamburg, which will host the G20 summit on July 7-8.

He indicated the request will be rejected - that while Erdogan will be received "with honors" at the summit of the 20 leading industrial and emerging countries, "we do not think that anything going beyond this is appropriate at the current time".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that European countries will work at the upcoming G20 summit to find "joint solutions" with the US on climate change and other issues.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says European G-20 participants are united behind the Paris climate accord despite the American decision to pull out of the deal.

On Wednesday Ankara has officially requested permission for Erdogan to address Germany-based Turkish citizens during his visit, Gabriel told accompanying him journalists during his trip to Russian Federation.

A week before chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes G20 leaders to Hamburg, the German leader is gearing up for high-level showdown with U.S. president Donald Trump and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

To avoid any misunderstandings, however, Mr Gabriel also stated Berlin's diplomatic and political concerns: "We hereby inform Turkey of our conviction that such an appearance in Germany is not possible, and there is constitutional precedent to that effect".

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The German government said its new rule is a outcome of that dispute, though Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel insisted that it is not specific to Turkey.

Erdogan last visited Germany in May 2015, when he addressed supporters in Karlsruhe. It wasn't clear whether permission would be granted. The report could further strain already frayed ties between Germany and Turkey, which are at loggerheads over a wide range of issues.

Merkel told the German parliament Thursday that "protectionism can not be a solution" to the world's problems.

The two leaders also agreed to continue contacts in the near future.

Speaking to the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, Ms. Merkel criticized the US for abandoning the Paris climate accord and warned of hard talks. Spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters he had no information indicating that Erdoğan would not attend the G20 summit, and said Germany looked forward to his participation.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union is "more determined than ever" to make the Paris accord against climate change a success following the US decision to withdraw from the agreement.

With her strident Bundestag rhetoric, coloured in part by September's looming federal election, the German leader signalled she is not interested in a lowest common denominator agreement.

  • Sonia Alvarado