The governor of a German state says that she wants to prevent Turkish government officials from holding political rallies there before Turkey’s constitutional referendum.
The western state of Saarland said it would use “all opportunities” to prevent such rallies. Governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said in a statement that “Turkish domestic conflicts have no place in Germany. Campaign appearances that threaten the domestic peace in our country should be banned.”
The move would mirror a similar move by the Netherlands that has stoked tensions between Turkey and Western Europe.
So far, Germany’s federal government has said that it won’t impose a blanket ban on members of the Turkish government holding political rallies in the country.
Kramp-Karrenbauer, who faces a state election on March 26, is a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union.
It’s unclear whether Turkish officials had any plans to campaign in Saarland, a small state on the French border.