Supporters wave Armenian and German flags in front of the Reichstag, the seat of the lower house of parliament, in Berlin.
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Germany's parliament overwhelmingly voted Thursday to label the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide, prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador to Germany.The vote heightened tensions between Germany and Turkey at a time when Ankara is playing a key role in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe.Turkey denies that the killings that started in 1915 were genocide and contends the dead were victims of civil war and unrest.Merkel, who wasn't present for the vote because of what officials said were scheduling reasons, later stressed the close and friendly relations between Germany and Turkey. Turkey was irked by Gauck's words, which were supported by the German government, but there were no serious consequences for German-Turkish relations.Merkel said the German government hopes that Turkey and Armenia will work together on how to approach their history.Thursday's vote comes amid tension between Turkey and the European Union over the EU's conditions for granting visa-free entry for Turks.
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