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German authorities block events where Turkish ministers to speak

German officials on Thursday blocked events where two senior Turkish government ministers planned to speak amid growing public outrage over Ankara's arrest of a Turkish-German journalist, dragging bilateral ties to a new low.

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said he had called off a meeting with his counterpart in Germany and was returning home after a talk he was due to give in the southwestern town Gaggenau was canceled, with officials citing concerns about the size of the venue.

The city of Cologne also blocked an event where Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybecki was to speak on Sunday, amid security concerns.

In Ankara, the Turkish foreign ministry summoned the German ambassador for an explanation, ministry sources said.

The canceled events follow Turkey's arrest of Deniz Yucel, a correspondent for the prominent Die Welt newspaper, on Monday.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told reporters in Kiev that the arrest had caused grave damage to ties between the two NATO allies and added that foreign ministry officials had spoken with Turkey's ambassador twice this week.

"We must solve this problem as soon as possible; the damage that currently exists is extraordinarily large," Gabriel said.

Yucel, a citizen of both Germany and Turkey, faces up to 10-1/2 years in jail if convicted of charges of propaganda in support of a terrorist organization and inciting public violence. He denies the charges.

He is the first German journalist held in a widespread crackdown in Turkey that has often targeted the media following a failed coup last July.

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So let me get this straight; Erdogan is now throwing dual-national reporters in jail, and trying them for saying something that doesn't fit the official Turkish narrative?!?