TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on AUG. 19

Turkish dailies on Tuesday reported on the claims that Germany's foreign intelligence agency has been spying on Turkey and protests over the death of an unarmed black teen in Missouri, U.S.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on AUG. 19

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Most Turkish dailies on Tuesday covered allegations in the German media that the country's foreign intelligence agency – the BND – has been spying on Turkey since 2009.

AKSAM said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has given Germany an ultimatum: "They have to make an explanation over the claims, which, if true, are unacceptable”.

The paper cited the Turkish FM telling his German counterpart Frank Walter Steinmeier in a telephone call: "Considering an allied country as a target of intelligence activities contradicts the essence of the alliance."

The reason why they spied in the past five years is the fear of a "fast-growing Turkey", the paper claimed.

According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the chairman of the Bundestag's Committee on Internal Affairs, Wolfgang Bosbach said there are some "good reasons" to spy on Turkey.

He referred to the activities of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as well as left and right-wing Turkish groups in Germany. Also, the newspaper mentioned that drug trafficking smuggling and "the direct effect of the tensions on the Syria and Iraq border, where some German military is also stationed" as a factor.

HABER TURK reported that the Turkish foreign ministry summoned the German ambassador in Ankara, Eberhard Pohl, on Monday morning to give an explanation.

"If true, the activities should end immediately," the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement. "It should be known that this issue can hurt the alliance between Turkey and Germany."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on the other hand, has declined to comment on claims, HURRIYET said and reported an earlier statement by Merkel made in October, criticizing the U.S. surveillance of Germany - "Spying among friends not acceptable." Asked on Monday about her previous denunciation of spying on allies and whether the claims over Turkey constituted a contradiction, Merkel said: "My remarks were made in a recognizable context. It was about the U.S.," the paper covered.

In other news, almost all Turkish dailies also covered the protests over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen killed by a police officer in Missouri, U.S.

CUMHURIYET said U.S. Missouri State Governor Jay Nixon has ordered the deployment of the National Guard to the area in order to disperse protesters on the streets of Ferguson.

The clashes between police and protesters flared again over the weekend following the release of the name of the white officer -- Darren Wilson -- who shot the black teen on August 9, igniting racial tensions in the predominantly black city of Ferguson.

VATAN covered the issue with the headline "Army on the street in U.S.", pointing to the governor's order and said the street protests continued despite the extended curfews.

On Saturday, Governor Nixon declared a curfew and a state of emergency, as fierce clashes erupted between protesters and Highway Patrol Police after one and a half day of peaceful protests.

"Six racist bullets" headlined MILLIYET pointing out that Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.

The daily reported interviews with some of the protesters. "All the police here are racist," the daily quoted one of them, Mona Talley as saying. Another one, Quincin Arnold, said: "If you are a black man in this country, everyone including the police and a cashier will believe you are a possible criminal."

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