Europe

German government concerned about press freedom in Turkey

German government officials have expressed concern about the state of press freedom in Turkey.

Turkish police stormed the headquarters of the country's largest-circulation newspaper, Zaman, Friday as part of an intensified crackdown on the opposition.

A spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel said the German leader raised the issue of human rights during a meeting Sunday in Brussels with Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Christiane Wirtz said Monday that "press freedom comes up as an issue with Turkey on a regular basis."

Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said countries wanting to join the European Union, including Turkey, "should be expected to have a common understanding of basic rights and civil liberties in Europe."

Turkey has become a key partner in EU efforts to stem the flow of migrants coming to Europe.