FAZ quotes Merkel's statement:
From the point of view of the legitimate interests of Turkish security, it is in no way acceptable to call what Turkey does in Afrin. There, thousands and thousands of civilians are persecuted, they die. Someone has to run. We condemn (the actions of Turkey) in the strongest terms.
At the same time, in the German press, they note that, until now, the federal government has been very cautious about Turkey’s actions in the SAR and has not allowed itself any criticism of Ankara. As noted in Germany itself, one gets the impression that Merkel was “awakened” and did not realize that the operation in Afrin was going on for more than two months.