In a near unanimous decision, the German parliament voted to declare the genocide of the Christian Armenians by the Muslim Turks a genocide with one abstention and one opposed.
The Turks have already recalled their ambassador to Germany.
Turkey recalls its ambassador as German vote to recognise Armenian genocide throws EU-Turkey deal into doubt
Germany’s parliament on Thursday voted to recognise the 1915 massacre of 1.5m Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide, to the undisguised fury of the Turkish government, which swiftly recalled its ambassador.
The landmark decision came despite fears it could jeopardise the EU’s fragile migrant deal with Turkey, which has already threatened to tear up the agreement and send hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers to Europe.
The Armenians however, are understandably thrilled:
A delegation of Armenians, who were present during the German Bundestag's vote to recognise the killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians and other Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire as a genocide, could be seen celebrating the decision by unfurling the Armenian flag inside the Reichstag in Berlin, Thursday.
Turkey outraged by the vote. "It will not be without consequences":
Before the vote took place, German TV news did this report on German-Turkish relations and Merkel's planned absence from the vote.
This is a developing story with serious potential consequences. Erdogan will react. Please check back often for updates.