Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting in Istanbul, Friday, July 21, 2017. (Presidential Press Service/Pool photo via AP)
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Germany said Friday it was reviewing applications for arms projects from Turkey, accusing its NATO ally of ramping up covert operations, as an attempt by a Turkish minister to calm a deepening bilateral crisis fell flat.Turkey's economy minister sought to calm matters but Erdogan, renewing earlier criticism, accused Berlin of trying to scare German companies away from investing in Turkey.Germany, home to 3 million people with Turkish roots, said it would review Turkish applications for arms projects. In 2016, the German government exported armaments worth 83.9 million euros ($97.9 million) to Turkey. Germany's domestic security chief said Turkey had been carrying out ever more covert operations in Germany, especially since a failed coup attempt against Erdogan last July.This year, Germans have made up around 10 percent of Turkey's tourists.
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