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Monday, October 09, 2017

‘Hostages’ in Erdoğan’s new Turkey – POLITICO

‘Hostages’ in Erdoğan’s new Turkey

Ankara hints at prisoner exchanges between detained foreign nationals and Turks granted asylum abroad.

By Zia Weise

10/9/17, 4:08 AM CET

ISTANBUL — Ankara’s reluctance to release foreign citizens swept up in its post-coup purge has drawn accusations that they are being used as bargaining chips to pressure Turkey’s NATO allies into extraditing Turks living abroad. German politicians have gone as far as to call them “hostages.”

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