After more than 50 percent of Turkish citizens voted Yes for the presidential system, German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to smooth over weeks of tension, calling for "constructive dialogue" between the European Union and Turkey.
Turkish President Erdogan, who is to gain vast powers thanks to the referendum, has responded by telling the observers to "know their place" and accusing the West of a "crusader mentality" against Turkey. But many local authorities banned campaign rallies, something Erdogan compared to Nazism, causing a diplomatic rift.
German authorities have made a decision to grant asylum to Turkish soldiers and officials stationed at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bases, who have been termed as disloyal officials by Ankara after a failed coup in Turkey in July 2016.
The last Turkey-EU Summit was held in Brussels on March 18, 2016.
"We usually don't answer hypothetical questions but this question is unfortunately, unfortunately not so hypothetical as it is being discussed in Turkey", Merkel stated.
The presence of hundreds or thousands of asylees wanted by the Turkish government will be just one of many outstanding issues dividing Turkey from Germany and Europe as a whole.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan (L) is seen here with Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and (L) following their talks at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia, 03 May 2017. It could be speculated that they would support the reinstatement of the death penalty as well.
"I assume that we would use all legal means to prevent something like this". "Our country, which historically, geographically and culturally was part of Europe for centuries, has the desire to continue the process of accession to the European Union, which it considers to be a strategic aim, based on reciprocal respect, quality and the concept of win-win", Erdogan said.
Following last year's failed coup attempt, Erdogan has increasingly used emergency powers to conduct a sweeping purge of the military, police, judiciary, civil service and others.
The asylum seekers, according to WDR, NDR the Süddeutsche Zeitung, areTurkish officers with diplomatic passports who used to be stationed at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bases in Germany and were later dismissed by Ankara.
The failed coup led to massive crackdown on political dissidents and mass arrests of people including military officers, journalists and judges.