German lawmakers call massacre of Armenians ‘genocide’, defying Turkey

A participant holds a candle and a sign during a memorial march by armenians in front of the Brandenburg Gate after an Ecumenical service marking the 100th anniversary of the mass killings of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces, at the cathedral in Berlin April 24, 2015 REUTERS/FABRIZIO BENSCH

(Reuters) – The German parliament overwhelmingly approved on Friday a resolution branding the mass killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces a century ago as “genocide”, risking a diplomatic rupture with Ankara.

The vote marks a significant change of stance for Germany, Turkey’s biggest trade partner in the European Union and home to a large ethnic Turkish diaspora. Unlike France and some two dozen other countries, Berlin has long resisted using the word.

The term ‘genocide’ also has special resonance in Germany, which has worked hard to come to terms with its responsibility for the murder of six million Jews in the Holocaust.

In a parliamentary session to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the killings, all parliamentary groups in the Bundestag lower house backed the resolution in a vote likely to infuriate Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan…

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Turkey = unrepentant muzzle’em asswipes

  • Surele Surele

    At least Germans (in general) understand that coming to terms with their past helps to go forward. Turkey on the other hand, definitely is stepping fast backwards into the middle ages.

    • WalterBannon

      The Germans are still the same nazis they were before, but they do feel guilty about the whole genocide thing, just not guilty enough to abandon fascism

  • Rosenmops

    I hope Erdopig gets so angry his head explodes.

    • WalterBannon

      a drone might help with that

  • Whether many nations regard this as a genocide or not, it fits the description of one. Germany has just proven that it is not mad.

  • Gary

    It looks like the gutless John Tory mentioned the 1915 slaughter but was oh so PC to not even Id the rabid savages with qurans.

    • WalterBannon

      Tory always tows the “progressive” party line

  • tom_billesley

    The media have never worked quotation marks so hard.

  • HalcyonDaze

    And if anyone would understand the term Genocide, it would be the Germans. To bad the current United States Administration doesn’t have the balls to call a spade a spade.

  • WalterBannon

    Well, I begrudge it, but have to acknowledge the Germans for doing the right thing for once, unlike their fascist pal Obama who defends the muslims with every breath he has

  • Hard Little Machine

    Oh dear, angering child king Erdogan.