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Germany's Turkish minority: Two unamalgamated worlds

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HE DID not plan it that way. But when Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, arrived in Germany for an official visit in February he found the Turkish community in turmoil. A few days before his arrival nine Turks, five of them children, had died in a fire in the south-western city of Ludwigshafen. A hate crime, many Turks suspected. The month before, Roland Koch, the conservative premier of the state of Hesse, had tried to win re-election by promising to deport foreign criminals (two-thirds of Turks do not have German citizenship). The transparent appeal to xenophobia backfired, costing Mr Koch his majority and perhaps his job.

Mr Erdogan both calmed tempers and inflamed them. In Ludwigshafen he reassured sceptical Turks that German police and firemen could be trusted. But then he seemed to urge them to hold themselves aloof from German society. Assimilation was a “crime against humanity”, he told a crowd of 16, 000 in Cologne. Turkish children should be able to study in Turkish-language schools and at a Turkish university. With that, he largely wore out his welcome. Politicians across the spectrum accused him of fomenting Turkish nationalism on German soil. Perhaps, some mused, the European Union should suspend membership talks with Turkey.

These are awkward times in the fraught 47-year history of Germany's 2.6m Turks, the country's largest ethnic minority. They have powered Germany's industry, populated its cities and produced more than a handful of millionaires, artists and politicians. Doner kebabs, invented by Turks in Berlin, are edging aside currywurst as Germany's favourite fast food. Yet on average these Turks are poorer, less well educated and more violent than ordinary Germans. Even those who speak Germany's language, carry its passport and thrive in its economy are not sure they belong. “We're in, but not in all the way, ” says Yasemin Kural, who works in public relations.

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FAQ

Diona
Are germans this racist??

I really like Germany, I never visited but I plan to visit.. But then I saw this "anti-Muslim" or anti-Islam rally they did and I'm Muslim and I think that's kinda racist :\ then today I was talking about Germany with my friends and one of my friend said that her aunt used to live there but came back because his son got beaten up and kept on getting nagged by germans because he was Muslim and his not white her aunt said that they were really racist ppl... And also I have 3 german friends I invited 2 of them to my house with my other friend (she's black) and the whole time they were in…

As a German I can only give you the answer of a German. - But what you describe does actually shock me and does not surprise me (for the muslim part) at the same time.

I can only say that it really depends on where you live and what kind of people are around you. And that goes both ways. How Germans in some places treat muslims (if they are German or not does not matter) and how muslims treat Germans (in this case it's mostly turkish muslims).

I can only tell you what I know; I live in a place where due to several circumstances a lot (!) muslims from turkey (I point out that…

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