Katja Kipping, Chairperson of Die Linke, slammed the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) criticisms of Turkey, citing the extent of Germany's arms sales to the Erdogan government that make their critiques «awkwardly fake», during a press conference in Berlin, Monday. «To this date 25 million [Euro] went there already this year. Considering that, the SPD’s harsh critique sounds awkwardly... Еще fake. For it’s in the finance ministry’s hands to halt all weapons exports immediately», stated Kipping. The Chairperson along with her co-speaker, Party of the European Left, Gregor Gysi criticised Germany’s military sales to Turkey, with the latter noting that Germany arms deals contribute to the nation's fight against the Kurds in Syria, who in turn are battling the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). Gysi also criticised German politics for having moved away from its citizens and enhancing the impact of Alternative for Germany (AfD). Gysi advised to give less attention to the AfD, while advocating the need to find a new approach to interact with Germany’s citizens, as «politics has to get closer to the people». «They don’t understand what happened in the US and France. I have to say this. The US has elected Trump because they did not want to vote for the existing political establishment in the form of Hilary Clinton. […] if you pay attention to history, you know that everything happening in the US will happen in Germany two years later. That’s why we need to open up, start speaking another language and much more», Gysi warned.