Turkey's Erdogan refuses to release American pastor

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In Cologne, as in other German cities, were the manifestations of the opponents of the policy of Erdogan, mainly Kurds.

Brunson's detention and subsequent house arrest has incensed US President Donald Trump, who doubled tariffs on aluminium and steel imported from Turkey after talks to instigate the pastor's release broke down.

Turkey declared a state of emergency for the first time on July 20, 2016 following a defeated coup attempt by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) which left 251 people martyred and almost 2,200 injured.

"Erdogan thinks anything that differs from his opinion is terrorism". The new mosque is run by DITIB, a Turkish-Germanic Islamic organization funded by Ankara.

Earlier, the President of Turkey, following a meeting in Ankara with the heads of American companies, said that Turkish-American relations will be strengthened through trade.

Thousands of police secured the area Saturday around the mosque in Cologne, after a demonstration outside the complex by supporters was barred by police for security reasons.

"Erdogan is very popular because he has done a lot for his people", said Yusuf Simsek, 42, a computer technician with Turkish roots.

Both Cologne mayor Henriette Reker and the state's premier Armin Laschet declined to attend the mosque opening ceremony.

At a state dinner Friday with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Erdogan alluded to the "hundreds, thousands", of terrorists living in Germany.

Turkey's relations with Germany - and other key European Union states - had hit historic lows in the aftermath of the 2016 failed coup as Berlin took issue with the scope of the remorseless crackdown that also caught up German nationals.

Tensions with Washington contributed to a meltdown in the Turkish lira in August, when the currency hit a record low of 7.20 to the dollar. Hundreds of people, including many from the Kurdish community, came out to the streets.

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