After the interview between Keese of Welt am Sontag, and Erdogan on Jan. 28 during their informal chat at a lunch in Davos, Erdogan denied what had been said. Then Erdogan called his adviser Zapsu, who had approved the interview for publishing, and asked him “Why was this interview not recorded?” In the interview, Erdogan was quoted as saying that his party carried out work "to remove the headscarf ban".
According to Erdogan’s press Counselor Ahmet Tezcan, “Zapsu had overlooked the fact that Erdogan had said in that conversation “We can approve this sentiment of removing the headscarf ban providing that it receives social consensus.”
In defense Keese said, “We were together with Erdogan at a luncheon in Davos. We had a 20-minute break there and I asked the Prime Minister "how is the mood in Germany towards Turkey?" and he replied that his daughters "receive criticism for wearing the headscarf and are being educated abroad for this reason"."