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German school punishes young girl for talking Turkish in the playground

A schoolgirl aged nine found herself in trouble after pupils told teachers she was regularly talking Turkish in the playground. The young girl of Turkish origin, who has not been named, apparently fell foul of her primary school’s rules to only speak German while on the school’s premises. She was overheard “repeatedly” talking Turkish to […]

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Bülend Ürük is the new spokesperson for Germany’s CDU/CSU alliance

A German Turk has been appointed spokesperson for Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Germany and the Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavaria, known as Union for short. Bülend Ürük will serve as the spokesperson for Germany’s two centre-right Christian-democratic and pro-European political parties, and also head their communications team. Ürük is currently CDU […]

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At least 8 dead as gunmen target Turkish shisha bars in Germany

Eight people have been killed and at least five people injured following two shootings at shisha bars in the western German city of Hanau. An unknown number of gunmen opened fire at the first shisha bar, Midnight, located in the city centre about 10pm local time on Wednesday evening. It’s thought the same gunmen then […]

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Deadly shooting outside Turkish comedy night in Berlin

One person has been killed and four others seriously injured following a shooting late on Friday evening outside a Berlin music venue, German authorities have said. Unknown people opened fire around 11pm local time outside the Tempodrom, a multi-purpose venue near the city centre. The Tempodrom had been hosting a stage performance of Güldür Güldür […]

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Germany pledges more aid for refugees in Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Wednesday that Germany will provide more financial aid to Turkey to help with the hosting of 3.5 million refugees in the country. Addressing media together with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic (pictured above) at a sideline event during the European People’s Party Congress held in the Croatian capital Zagreb, […]

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Calls for restraint as tensions simmer in Germany over Turkey’s Syria operation

Officials in Germany have called for restraint between the country’s Turkish and Kurdish communities after five people were reportedly injured during a protest against Turkey’s military operation in north-eastern Syria. Violence broke out on Monday, 14 October, when a group of around 350 demonstrators marching through the western city of Herne were “provoked” by a […]

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Merkel agrees to upper limit on migration after slim election victory

Angela Merkel has agreed to limit migrant numbers entering Germany to 200,000 annually in order to appease allies in coalition talks after a poor showing in last month’s general elections. Despite winning the most votes, Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) took a bruising from […]

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Suspected neo-Nazi continues to deny role in murder of eight Turks in Germany

  At the close of a four-year case, the prime suspect in a neo-Nazi ring accused of murdering ten people, including eight Turkish immigrants, continues to deny her role in the killings. Beate Zschaepe is charged with being a “co-founder, member and accomplice” of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), a terrorist organisation which targeted immigrants […]