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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel lashed out at the Turkish president on Monday for comparing German rally bans with Nazi policies, in a statement circulated by her office.

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during an opening ceremony in the southeastern city of Gaziantep, Turkey, February 19, 2017.
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    MOSCOW, March 6 (Sputnik) — Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned bans on Turkish government’s campaign rallies in Germany over the weekend, saying he thought Nazism was over in Germany, but it actually survived. Berlin commented on the statement, saying that such a comparison is unacceptable.

    "Chancellor Merkel rejected the Nazi comparison made by the Turkish president as uncalled-for and unjustifiable. It is all the more sad because it belittles the endless suffering of Nazi victims," the statement read.

    Erdogan has been seeking Turkish expats' support of a constitutional change that will give him greater powers. The referendum on the amendment is scheduled for April 16. The gatherings were to be addressed by Turkish ministers but got cancelled.

    The Netherlands soon followed suit, angering Ankara.

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