On Thursday, June 2, Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, adopted a resolution formally commemorating “the genocide of Armenians and other Christian minorities in 1915 and 1916.”
This document is a way for Angela Merkel and her government to say “stop” to Turkey’s gradual shift towards autocracy. It’s also a way for Germany to assert its power, and indirectly send a message to Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he has gone too far in his blackmail on the refugee crisis.
Unsurprisingly, the Turkish strong man has retaliated with strong threats. But it’s hard to imagine that Ankara will fall out with Berlin after cutting ties with Moscow and losing its influence in the Middle East.
We can only praise the Bundestag and the political courage it took to adopt such a strong resolution. Germany knows better than any other country that the only way out for Turkey is to fully recognize the Armenian genocide.
Despite pressure from a strong Turkish minority in the country, this bold resolution was necessary for various reasons, among them this particular German sensitivity and the current context of German-Turkish relations.