Tayyip Erdogan German decision to block Turkey President's speech is against EU values -Minister says

Germany is home to Europe's largest ethnic Turkish diaspora.

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A German court decision preventing Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan from addressing a rally in Cologne via video conference runs counter to democratic values and free speech, Turkey's minister for EU affairs tweeted on Sunday.

"German Constitutional Court's decision on the anti-coup rally in Cologne is an utter backsliding in freedom of speech and democracy," Omer Celik wrote in English on his official Twitter account.

The rally has been called in support of Turkey's democracy following a failed military coup on July 15-16. German media reports said authorities had intervened to prevent Erdogan from addressing the rally via video conference due to concerns over public order.

Germany is home to Europe's largest ethnic Turkish diaspora.

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