German journalist released in Turkey

German journalist released in Turkey

Speaking at the same event as Barnier, the economy minister of Bavaria - home to major German companies such as Siemens and BMW - said it was important for businesses to get certainty about their investments in Britain going forward.

Yucel, who has both German and Turkish citizenship, was arrested in Istanbul on February 14, 2017, on terrorism and propaganda charges that he denies.

"Once the new German government has been formed, there will of course be a visit at the highest level", Yildirim said.

Die Welt, the German newspaper for which he works, had reported earlier in the day that Yucel had been freed, citing his lawyer. It all depends on the court, but I think there will be development soon, Yildirim said.

Yucel, who has both German and Turkish citizenship, had been accused of writing propaganda in support of terrorism.

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News of Yucel's release broke as an Istanbul court jailed three prominent Turkish journalists for life on charges of links to the group blamed for the failed 2016 coup.

A balloon featuring the likeness of Deniz Yucel in Berlin.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ulrike Demmer, said Yucel's liberation was an essential step in improving relations between Germany and Turkey.

Relations between the two countries had recently started to recover from their deep crisis after Turkey released several German citizens.

Sahra Wagenkecht, parliamentary faction leader of the Left party (Linke) took the meeting between Merkel and Yildirim as another opportunity to call for a complete stop of German arms exports to Turkey and demand the freezing of already largely symbolic European Union (EU) accession talks with Ankara.

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