A Turkish pro-government newspaper depicted Chancellor Angela Merkel in Nazi uniform with a Hitler-style moustache.
The right-wing tabloid Gunes printed the image on its front page. The image had the words ‘’Frau Hitler’’ which was simply labelling the German leader ‘’She Hitler’’.
Merkel is seen in the image holding a gun while wearing a Nazi swastika on her uniform, with another swastika next to her head.
This amidst the bitter war of words between Berlin and Ankara. The Right-wing tabloid-style daily Gunes also called Merkel an ugly aunt.
Europe and Turkey have been involved in a bitter argument after Germany and the Netherlands blocked Turkish ministers from holding rallies to campaign for a 'yes' vote in next month's referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's has repeatedly accused Germany and the Netherlands of acting like "Nazis", and claimed Merkel is "supporting terrorists".
Erdogan's behavior has led to an angry reaction from Europe, with Merkel and French President Francois Hollande lashing the comments as unacceptable.
Merkel has also been accused by the front page of Gunes of trying to be the leader of fascists. The paper claimed that she is creating anti-Turkish strife by using Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium.
The daily said that Germany, which has open arms for terrorist organization’s is trying to initiate the whole of Europe against Turkey.
The German deputy government spokesman Georg Streiter refused to be involved in the controversy. He only said that Germany is not taking part in a game of provocation.
This comes two days after German mass circulation daily Bild lashed out at Erdogan. The German daily accused Erdogan of endangering Europe’s stability through his lust for power.
The German daily said that Erdogan is not a democrat, adding that he’s only hurting his country.
Ankara was upset by the German daily. In response, the foreign ministry issued a statement describing the article as mind-boggling and part of a mindset that is based on hatred.
The foreign ministry said that media outlets that publish such articles are doomed to take their places in the trash of history.