"For two weeks Turkey has been exercising pressure on the EU Commission. This has increased successively day by day," said the manager and artistic director of the Dresden Symphonic Orchestra, Markus Rindt, to the "Welt".
According to his information the concert programme has been subsidised by the Brussels Executive Agency for Education, Audio-Visual and Culture (EACEA). "Turkey's EU ambassador has demanded that the subsidy be discontinued and asked that the Executive Agency remove all details of our project from their website so that the word 'Genocide' disappears, the press learns nothing of it and, if possible, reports nothing of it."
Otherwise, according to Rindt, the diplomat threatened the termination of Turkey's accession negotiations with the European Union. The general director refers to the EU employees involved in the procedure. "The EU has assured us it will stand by its subsidy," says Rindt.
However according to the director, the EACEA agency removed the details from its website. The text is to be "revised and toned down" and the word "genocide" removed. "A genocide must be called a genocide," said Rindt, criticising this process.
The EU Commission confirmed that would not call into question the 200,000 euros support - and also that it had removed the original text from the website; there are concerns about the wording that need to be taken into account, it was said.
... The director demands that the federal government stands up for the Dresden Symphonic. "After the Böhmermann, the Turkish government is trying once again to exert an influence over the free expression of opinion in art and culture on European soil. We cannot permit that."