Tag: German Turks

Zeki Demirkubuz’s ‘Hayat’ wins Best Film at Turkiye-Germany Film Festival 2024

The 28th edition of the Turkiye-Germany Film Festival has just concluded, with this year’s big prize going to Zeki Demirkubuz’s film Hayat [Life], which won Best Feature Film. Demirkubuz, who wrote, produced and directed the film, also won the Grand Jury Prize. His film Hayat is a hard-hitting drama set in contemporary Turkiye that centres […]

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Thousands more Turks in Germany can now become German citizens after law change

For years, many Turkish origin residents in Germany had complained about being unable to enjoy the full benefits of their adopted country, despite working and paying their taxes there, because German laws restricted who could hold dual nationality. At the end of 2022, the centre-left Social Democrat-led coalition government had announced plans to overhaul Germany’s […]

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German government immigration reforms to help thousands of Turks attain dual citizenship

The Social Democrat-led government has announced plans to overhaul Germany’s immigration system. The reforms would bring the country in line with European norms for naturalisation, while also allowing more skilled workers into Germany to fill major shortages in the labour market. Under the proposed changes, there will be a “transparent, unbureaucratic” points-based system for skilled […]

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Eighteen Turkish origin MPs elected to German Parliament

The number of Members of Parliament in the German National Assembly, or Bundestag, whose roots are from Turkey has increased. Preliminary results from Sunday’s General Election show there are a total of 18 MPs with Turkish and Turkish-Kurdish roots, up from 14 in 2017, the Anadolu Agency (AA) reported. Nine MPs were elected for the […]

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Turkish religious leader in Germany resigns over racist social media posts

The head of Göttingen’s branch of the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (Diyanet İşleri Türk İslam Birliği, DİTİB) has resigned after inflammatory material he had posted online inciting racial and religious hatred was exposed. Mustafa Keskin was outed by a socialist youth group, Die Falken (The Falcons), which documented the racist posts he had made […]

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Elveda Arsenal: Mesut Özil boards private jet to Istanbul to complete transfer to Fenerbahçe

Turkish footballing giant Fenerbahçe have tonight released photos of superstar player Mesut Özil with his wife Amine and baby daughter Eda just before they boarded a private jet heading for Istanbul. A brief statement from Fenerbahçe, released along with tonight’s photos, stated that, “Our club is bringing Mesut Özil to Istanbul to continue the transfer […]

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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 […]