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Merkel pushes back against Turkey's criticism after meeting bans

TUNIS (Reuters) - Decisions about public gatherings are made at a local level in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, after Turkey accused Berlin of scandalous behavior in cancelling rallies of Turkish citizens where key Turkish ministers were to speak.

Merkel made the comment when asked about the growing controversy about the events during a visit to Tunis, adding that Germany remained committed to freedom of expression.

The chancellor also criticized moves by Turkey to restrict the work of journalists following Monday’s arrest of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal

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