Update: Özil criticized for reportedly inviting Erdogan to his wedding

Update: Özil criticized for reportedly inviting Erdogan to his wedding

Angela Merkel's chief of staff on Monday joined the growing chorus of criticism of Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Özil for reportedly inviting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to his wedding this summer as his witness.

Four-nation Syria summit calls for lasting Idlib ceasefire

Four-nation Syria summit calls for lasting Idlib ceasefire

Merkel arrives in Istanbul for Syria summit

Merkel arrives in Istanbul for Syria summit

Foreign Minister Maas travels to Turkey to push for release of German prisoners

Foreign Minister Maas travels to Turkey to push for release of German prisoners

Golden statue of Erodgan set up by artists in Wiesbaden removed after friction

Golden statue of Erodgan set up by artists in Wiesbaden removed after friction

Controversial Erdogan state visit to Berlin is confirmed

Controversial Erdogan state visit to Berlin is confirmed

German politicians divided over possible Erdogan visit

German politicians divided over possible Erdogan visit

Özil defends controversial picture with Turkish President Erdogan

Özil defends controversial picture with Turkish President Erdogan

Turkish majority in Germany who voted for Erdogan ‘are like AfD’: Green MP

Turkish majority in Germany who voted for Erdogan ‘are like AfD’: Green MP

Football stars Gundogan and Ozil meet German president after Erdogan controversy

Football stars Gundogan and Ozil meet German president after Erdogan controversy

Row at German art fair over ‘Erdogan with banana’ painting

Row at German art fair over ‘Erdogan with banana’ painting

One year on and German journalist still sits in Turkish jail without charge

One year on and German journalist still sits in Turkish jail without charge

Turkey frees another German ‘political prisoner’: Berlin

Turkey frees another German ‘political prisoner’: Berlin

Erdogan holds out olive branch to Germany after fractious year

Erdogan holds out olive branch to Germany after fractious year

Federal prosecutors drop Turkish imam spying probe over insufficient evidence

Federal prosecutors drop Turkish imam spying probe over insufficient evidence

Turkey frees another German ‘political prisoner’: Berlin

Turkey frees another German ‘political prisoner’: Berlin

Turkey court keeps German reporter behind bars over ‘terror group membership’

Turkey court keeps German reporter behind bars over ‘terror group membership’

German journalist goes on trial in Turkey over ‘terror group membership’

German journalist goes on trial in Turkey over ‘terror group membership’

Will​ ​Turkish​ ​voters​ ​listen​ ​to​ ​Erdogan​ ​and​ ​try​ ​to​ ​sabotage​ ​Merkel in the elections?

Will​ ​Turkish​ ​voters​ ​listen​ ​to​ ​Erdogan​ ​and​ ​try​ ​to​ ​sabotage​ ​Merkel in the elections?

Turkey summons German envoy over ‘terror’ rally in Cologne

Turkey summons German envoy over ‘terror’ rally in Cologne

Turkish travel warning for Germany ‘bad joke’: Merkel aide

Turkish travel warning for Germany ‘bad joke’: Merkel aide

We must stop German Muslims from falling for Erdogan’s propaganda, ministers say

We must stop German Muslims from falling for Erdogan’s propaganda, ministers say

Erdogan supporters have threatened my wife, German Foreign Minister reveals

Erdogan supporters have threatened my wife, German Foreign Minister reveals

Erdogan warns German foreign minister to ‘know your limits’

Erdogan warns German foreign minister to ‘know your limits’

Spain releases German-Turkish writer sought by Ankara

Spain releases German-Turkish writer sought by Ankara

Turkey slams ‘arrogant’ German reaction to Erdogan poll call

Turkey slams ‘arrogant’ German reaction to Erdogan poll call

Turkey backtracks on terror financing charge against German companies

Turkey backtracks on terror financing charge against German companies

New Turkey row brews, as Berlin bans Erdogan from speaking in Germany

New Turkey row brews, as Berlin bans Erdogan from speaking in Germany

Erdogan’s brawling bodyguards told to stay away from Hamburg G20

Erdogan’s brawling bodyguards told to stay away from Hamburg G20

German ambassador visits journalist Yucel in Istanbul jail

German ambassador visits journalist Yucel in Istanbul jail

Germany investigates 20 for alleged spying for Turkey

Germany investigates 20 for alleged spying for Turkey

Hundreds of Turkish officials and families seek asylum in Germany

Hundreds of Turkish officials and families seek asylum in Germany

Germany launches probe into ‘intolerable spying’ by Turkey

Germany launches probe into ‘intolerable spying’ by Turkey

Broken marriage: Why Germany and Turkey can’t stop fighting

Broken marriage: Why Germany and Turkey can’t stop fighting

Turkey has ‘no business here’ campaigning in Germany: minister

Turkey has ‘no business here’ campaigning in Germany: minister

How Turkey is using Germany to whip up nationalism at home

How Turkey is using Germany to whip up nationalism at home

Defiant Turkish FM tells Germany not to lecture in Hamburg speech

Defiant Turkish FM tells Germany not to lecture in Hamburg speech

Erdogan likens Germany’s blocking rallies to Nazis

Erdogan likens Germany’s blocking rallies to Nazis

Why Turkey is so furious with Germany… and not for the first time

Why Turkey is so furious with Germany… and not for the first time

German cities halt pro-Erdogan rallies citing ‘security reasons’

German cities halt pro-Erdogan rallies citing ‘security reasons’

Turkey encouraging teachers to spy in German schools: report

Turkey encouraging teachers to spy in German schools: report

Hamburg court bans large parts of poem insulting Erdogan

Hamburg court bans large parts of poem insulting Erdogan

Turkish NATO soldiers seek asylum in Germany: report

Turkish NATO soldiers seek asylum in Germany: report

Turkish asylum requests more than double this year

Turkish asylum requests more than double this year

25,000 Kurds protest against Erdogan in Germany

25,000 Kurds protest against Erdogan in Germany

Berlin offers asylum hope to ‘all Turkish dissidents’

Berlin offers asylum hope to ‘all Turkish dissidents’

Kurds march against Erdogan in Germany and France

Kurds march against Erdogan in Germany and France

Anger as Berlin scraps Turkey concert on Armenia genocide

Anger as Berlin scraps Turkey concert on Armenia genocide

Dozens of Turkish diplomats apply for asylum in Germany

Dozens of Turkish diplomats apply for asylum in Germany

Erdogan’s renewed attempt to punish German comedian fails

Erdogan’s renewed attempt to punish German comedian fails

Probe of satirist’s Erdogan ‘smear’ poem dropped

Probe of satirist’s Erdogan ‘smear’ poem dropped

Several Germans trapped in Turkey since coup attempt

Several Germans trapped in Turkey since coup attempt

Merkel hopes for end to Turkish airbase ban

Merkel hopes for end to Turkish airbase ban

Turkey’s spy network in Germany ‘thicker than Stasi’s’

Turkey’s spy network in Germany ‘thicker than Stasi’s’

Germany accuses Turkey of supporting terrorism: report

Germany accuses Turkey of supporting terrorism: report

German held in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown released

German held in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown released

Kurdish protesters occupy public broadcast studio

Kurdish protesters occupy public broadcast studio

Left Party politician calls for sanctions against Turkey

Left Party politician calls for sanctions against Turkey

Tired Nazi jibes bring German-Turkish relations to new low

Tired Nazi jibes bring German-Turkish relations to new low

Turkey calls in senior German diplomat after Cologne rally

Turkey calls in senior German diplomat after Cologne rally

Tensions as tens of thousands rally for Erdogan in Cologne

Tensions as tens of thousands rally for Erdogan in Cologne

Turkey blasts German ban on Erdogan speech

Turkey blasts German ban on Erdogan speech

German satirists mock Erdogan (and his penis)

German satirists mock Erdogan (and his penis)

Huge pro-Erdogan rally puts strain on Turkish community

Huge pro-Erdogan rally puts strain on Turkish community

Turkey demands Germany extradite Gülen supporters

Turkey demands Germany extradite Gülen supporters

German Turkish community split by unrest after coup plot

German Turkish community split by unrest after coup plot

What will Turkey’s failed coup mean for Turkish Germans?

What will Turkey’s failed coup mean for Turkish Germans?

Berlin condemns Turkish crackdown after failed coup

Berlin condemns Turkish crackdown after failed coup

Berlin slams ‘revolting’ scenes after Turkish coup attempt

Berlin slams ‘revolting’ scenes after Turkish coup attempt

German row with Turkey over military base escalates

German row with Turkey over military base escalates

German MPs file war crimes suit against Erdogan

German MPs file war crimes suit against Erdogan

Cologne court blocks Erdogan attempt to silence media boss

Cologne court blocks Erdogan attempt to silence media boss

Turkish editor wins German freedom of speech award

Turkish editor wins German freedom of speech award

Turkey plotting ‘action plan’ against Germany

Turkey plotting ‘action plan’ against Germany

Erdogan’s rage brings death threats to German MPs

Erdogan’s rage brings death threats to German MPs

Turkey recalls Berlin envoy after Armenia genocide vote

Turkey recalls Berlin envoy after Armenia genocide vote

Events in Turkey ‘a great concern,’ says German leader

Events in Turkey ‘a great concern,’ says German leader

Erdogan takes ‘indignation’ out on German diplomat

Erdogan takes ‘indignation’ out on German diplomat

Don’t read Erdogan bestiality poem in public: court to comic

Don’t read Erdogan bestiality poem in public: court to comic

MP recites explicit Erdogan bestiality poem on live TV

MP recites explicit Erdogan bestiality poem on live TV

Merkel ‘filleted me and served me to Erdogan for tea’

Merkel ‘filleted me and served me to Erdogan for tea’

German daily blasts Erdogan in bilingual edition

German daily blasts Erdogan in bilingual edition

Ban on insulting world leaders could be axed immediately

Ban on insulting world leaders could be axed immediately

German TV journalist refused entry to Turkey

German TV journalist refused entry to Turkey

Journalists want ‘slanderous’ poem republished

Journalists want ‘slanderous’ poem republished

TV comic cancels show amid diplomatic row with Turkey

TV comic cancels show amid diplomatic row with Turkey

Turkey’s complaint could land German comedian in jail

Turkey’s complaint could land German comedian in jail

German comedian could face jail for insulting Erdogan

German comedian could face jail for insulting Erdogan

‘EU won’t ignore Turkey human rights issues’

‘EU won’t ignore Turkey human rights issues’

Satirists offer Erdogan ‘dirty deal’ on mocking video

Satirists offer Erdogan ‘dirty deal’ on mocking video

WATCH: The video Turkey wants banned from Germany

WATCH: The video Turkey wants banned from Germany

German woman ‘missing’ after Brussels bombing

German woman ‘missing’ after Brussels bombing

Erdogan’s AKP rake in German-Turkish votes

Erdogan’s AKP rake in German-Turkish votes

Erdogan pleads for German Turks’ votes

Erdogan pleads for German Turks’ votes

‘Erdogan’s Turkey has no place in Europe’

‘Erdogan’s Turkey has no place in Europe’

Turks in Germany vote for first time

Turks in Germany vote for first time

Thousands protest at Erdogan German rally

Thousands protest at Erdogan German rally

Mayor urges Erdogan to cancel German trip

Mayor urges Erdogan to cancel German trip

Turkish PM: German president is just a pastor

Turkish PM: German president is just a pastor

Tensions grow over Turkish crackdown

Tensions grow over Turkish crackdown

‘Learn German!’ Turkish PM urges German Turks

‘Learn German!’ Turkish PM urges German Turks

Turkish PM cancels visit, protests due without him

Turkish PM cancels visit, protests due without him

Germany’s Turks don’t need Papa Erdoğan or Mutti Merkel

Germany’s Turks don’t need Papa Erdoğan or Mutti Merkel

Erdogan urges Germany to allow dual citizenship

Erdogan urges Germany to allow dual citizenship

Erdogan urges German Turks not to integrate

Erdogan urges German Turks not to integrate

Ludwigshafen fire ‘unlikely’ to be arson

Ludwigshafen fire ‘unlikely’ to be arson

Germany denies plan to deport Turkish journalist

Germany denies plan to deport Turkish journalist

Cologne braces for protests as Erdogan opens mega mosque

Cologne braces for protests as Erdogan opens mega mosque

Merkel to push for release of detained Germans in Turkey as leaders vow to rebuild bridges

Merkel to push for release of detained Germans in Turkey as leaders vow to rebuild bridges

‘Chaos’ in Berlin as Merkel and Erdogan try to repair ties

‘Chaos’ in Berlin as Merkel and Erdogan try to repair ties

Merkel, Erdogan to meet in Berlin amid rising tensions

Merkel, Erdogan to meet in Berlin amid rising tensions

German or Turkish? Footballers’ meeting with Erdogan stokes identity debate

German or Turkish? Footballers’ meeting with Erdogan stokes identity debate

Merkel gets on phone to Erdogan for first time in months

Merkel gets on phone to Erdogan for first time in months

Erdogan calls Merkel comments on Turkey’s EU ambitions ‘Nazism’

Erdogan calls Merkel comments on Turkey’s EU ambitions ‘Nazism’

Merkel to push for end to EU membership talks with Turkey

Merkel to push for end to EU membership talks with Turkey

‘Unprecedented interference’ as Erdogan tells Turks in Germany not to vote for ‘enemies of Turkey’

‘Unprecedented interference’ as Erdogan tells Turks in Germany not to vote for ‘enemies of Turkey’

Stormy G20 ends with opt-outs for Trump on climate, trade

Stormy G20 ends with opt-outs for Trump on climate, trade

Germany urges EU not to break off Turkey accession talks

Germany urges EU not to break off Turkey accession talks

Relations with Turkey ‘severely hit’ over past weeks, says Merkel

Relations with Turkey ‘severely hit’ over past weeks, says Merkel

Erdogan tells off Merkel for using phrase ‘Islamist terrorism’

Erdogan tells off Merkel for using phrase ‘Islamist terrorism’

Germany: Erdogan threat to drop refugee deal ‘not helpful’

Germany: Erdogan threat to drop refugee deal ‘not helpful’

Merkel calls for ‘loyalty’ from Turkish-Germans

Merkel calls for ‘loyalty’ from Turkish-Germans

Erdogan: Germany is ‘feeding the terrorists’

Erdogan: Germany is ‘feeding the terrorists’

Erdogan accuses EU of not paying up under migrant deal

Erdogan accuses EU of not paying up under migrant deal

Huge majority of Germans want Britain to stay in EU

Huge majority of Germans want Britain to stay in EU

Erdogan to Berlin: be sensible on Armenia genocide bill

Erdogan to Berlin: be sensible on Armenia genocide bill

Merkel: Turkey failing to meet EU terms for visa-free travel

Merkel: Turkey failing to meet EU terms for visa-free travel

Merkel party calls to punish Erdogan over power grab

Merkel party calls to punish Erdogan over power grab

Court rejects Erdogan’s challenge against Bild boss

Court rejects Erdogan’s challenge against Bild boss

Threats over ‘Erdogan burger’ force restaurant to close

Threats over ‘Erdogan burger’ force restaurant to close

Germany ‘expects Turkey to stick to EU refugee deal’

Germany ‘expects Turkey to stick to EU refugee deal’

Prosecutors to interview comic over Erdogan poem

Prosecutors to interview comic over Erdogan poem

Merkel admits ‘mistake’ in satire poem affair

Merkel admits ‘mistake’ in satire poem affair

Merkel allows Erdogan’s case against TV host to go ahead

Merkel allows Erdogan’s case against TV host to go ahead

Calls grow to scrap law on insulting foreign leaders

Calls grow to scrap law on insulting foreign leaders

Merkel pins refugee crisis hopes on Turkey

Merkel pins refugee crisis hopes on Turkey

Merkel’s deal with Turkey angers left and right

Merkel’s deal with Turkey angers left and right

Turkey urges German support for EU bid

Turkey urges German support for EU bid

Sceptical Merkel wants Turkey-EU talks

Sceptical Merkel wants Turkey-EU talks

Protesters greet Turkish PM in Berlin

Protesters greet Turkish PM in Berlin

Erdogan blasts Merkel for comments on Turkish Cyprus

Erdogan blasts Merkel for comments on Turkish Cyprus

Merkel: ‘rules changed’ for Turkish EU bid

Merkel: ‘rules changed’ for Turkish EU bid

Merkel arrives in Turkey for tense talks

Merkel arrives in Turkey for tense talks

Merkel visits Turkey amid broad disagreements

Merkel visits Turkey amid broad disagreements

German schools to teach Islam

German schools to teach Islam