Turkish Prime Minister Angers Europeans

Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan told a Cologne gathering of 20,000 people of Turkish background they should not assimilate into Germany but should retain their Turkish identify at all costs. He said: “Assimilation is a curse against humanity. I may be thinking differently from Merkel on this issue but I clearly say that nobody can dictate to the Turkish community to assimilate. We are ready to do whatever is necesary for their integration,” German Chancellor Merkel was furious at his remarks and noted “we will have to continue debating our understanding of integration issues with the Turkish Prime Minister.” His comments also aroused strong opposition from Kenan Kolat, a leader of the Turkish community in Germany, who argued Erdogan wants German Turks to remain loyal to their native land while supposedly being able to lobby for Turkey’s entry into the European Union.

The cries for opposing Turkey’s entry into the EU became louder as a result of the Turkish prime minister’s speech. German Social Union leader, Erwin Huber, angrily responded: “Erdogan has engaged in nationalist propaganda in German territory. This is an anti-European stance” and raises questions as to whether the EU wants such a nation.

Prime Minister Erdogan has seriously damaged his nation’s application for membership in the European Union by this ill advised tirade against Turkish assimilation into German society. No one is demanding Turkish Germans cease having an identify with their country of origin. Chancellor Merkel is merely urging becoming part of German society and all that entails such as language and understanding cultural and political issues. It is somewhat ironic that a Turkish prime minister is making political speeches in another country given that he previously claimed the United States and other nations had no right to make comments about the Armenian Genocide. On one hand, the rest of the world is to remain silent about an issue that happened in Turkey a hundred years ago, but he has the right to campaign in Germany and urge its citizens to behave in certain ways.

  • K.G.

    Erdogan and his Islamist party are showing their true colors. Although they pretend to want to join the European Union,protect secularism, and promote “religious freedom” Their real agenda is to promote an islamic state by nibling away at the seperation of religion and state established by Ataturk. The teachings and political policies of Ataturk they can not confront openly because of his historical stature. Will the Turkish people and the Turkish Army be able to confront and thwart this devious movement from destroying Ataturk’s legacy?

  • K.G.

    I’m surprised Erdogan showed the true intent of his Islamist party and their allies. He is constantly promoting the policy of wanting to gain admission to the European Union. In reality it is a deception. The Islamists want an islamist state. This deception is practiced to deceive the secularists and the Turkish Army. Ataturk would weep in his grave could he see what is happening to his beloved Turkey. May the teachings of Ataturk prevail!

  • http://reuters.com orange777

    Isn’t this calling the kettle black? The British, when living overseas, really don’t integrate into the local community, they create their own.
    So do the Greeks, Cypriots; Chinese; Israeli – Jews, Turkish, and yes, the Arabs. Should we go to these small established communities and force them to integrate?
    Bulldoze Little Italy? Little Chine? or Little Britain? People, by and large, feel comfortable around their own kind. Right or wrong, the fact remains that many communities tend to form little enclaves.
    It would be an ideal world for everyone to integrate, yet I just don’t see it happening at this point in time.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    There is no question in the United States, it has been common for many people to retain many aspects of their racial or ethnic identities. But, the evidence is overwhelming by the second generation, the vast majority of these groups have integrated within the overall society. This happens in terms of language, living, and work. For example, Little Italy in New York has virtually disappeared as have Jewish communities. The main evidence is for orthodox groups to maintain within a geograpical area. I though Erdogan did something no Israel or Itallian or German government official would ever do when visiting a foreign nation. If an Israeli official spoke that way in America it would create a furor.

  • Çağlar ARSLAN

    Turkish Nationalism and Germany one are completely too different to be compared .. The Turkish nationalis is based on a community of culturel, social, unity of sentiment whereas Germany nationalism is based on head-cut like in the era of Neo-Nazis. when commenting over the issue This point should be taken into account. Turkis Republic is founded by M. Kemal ATATURK who said ” Peace at home Peace abroad” referring to unity all of those living in the world.

    In conclusion what Turkey’s Prime Minister said is what Turk is required to do.

    Turks exist as long as the world exists.

    it is announced for those who dont know this reality.

    May The God preserve Turks.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    On one hand Erdogan is furious because the US Congress wants to comment on the Armenian Genocide and Erdogan insists foreign nations have no right to intrude into Turkish affairs. But, apparently, he can interfere in the affairs of Germany. I assume you have no problem with the American Congress condemning Turkey’s Genocide against Armenians.

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