Europe

German official condemns Erdogan's Nazi remarks

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting on women and democracy, in Istanbul, Sunday, March 5, 2017.  (Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting on women and democracy, in Istanbul, Sunday, March 5, 2017. (Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel waiting for the start of the Federal Board meeting of her Christian Democrats  at Konrad Adenauer House in Berlin, Germany, Monday, March 6, 2017. ( Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel waiting for the start of the Federal Board meeting of her Christian Democrats at Konrad Adenauer House in Berlin, Germany, Monday, March 6, 2017. ( Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff has condemned remarks by Turkey's president accusing Germany of "Nazi practices," days after a local authority prevented a Turkish minister from addressing a rally there.

Peter Altmaier on Monday called President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks "absolutely unacceptable."

He told German public Television ARD that "Germany cannot be outmatched regarding the rule of law, tolerance and liberality."

He said the government was in contact with Turkey's government and announced that "we will make sure the significance of the problems of what happened in recent days will be recognized and understood in Ankara as well."

Germany-Turkey diplomatic tensions have risen amid Turkish plans to have government ministers address rallies in Germany in support of an upcoming constitutional referendum that would give Erdogan new powers.