According to the German weekly news magazine, Der Speigel, the Luftwaffe Tornado jets stations in NATO’s Incirlik Airbase in Turkey might soon end their presence, as controversy over the ban on visits of German MPs to Turkey escalates.
The parliamentary mandate for the use of Incirlik by the Luftwaffe expires this December, and the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) is keen on voting against any extension. Without the SPD votes, the decree will not get the approval of the Bundestag, and the troops stationed there will have to pull out.
In june 2016, Turkey blocked the visit of the German Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defence, Ralf Brauksiepe to Incirlik Air Base, causing diplomatic discontent. Another attempt to visit in September was rejected officially by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim last week at a meeting with foreign reporters.
Turkey has not granted German officials access to Incirlik after the German Bundestag passed a resolution in early summer honoring the expulsion and murder of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as Genocide. After the resolution, Turkey threatened to take punitive actions against Germany. Shortly after, they banned the visit of State officials to German troops stationed in Turkey.