This picture taken on February 1 ,2016 shows the roof of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. / AFP / STRINGER
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Spiegel did not say when Kazim had been pulled out of Turkey, nor whether other Spiegel journalists remained in the country.A story on the website of German broadcaster n-tv said Chancellor Angela Merkel had personally lobbied Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the start of 2016 when the accreditation of several German journalists working in Turkey were not renewed.Then in early February, on the same day that Merkel traveled to Ankara for talks with the government, German reporters received calls from the Turkish government press office saying their renewals had been approved. The Spiegel reporter Kazim never received his renewal.
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