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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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Germany reinforces EU ban on flags of terror groups PKK and Hamas

Legislation passed in the lower chamber of the German Parliament has outlawed the symbols of groups designated as ‘terrorist organisations’ by the European Union. The ban applies to groups such as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and militant Palestinian movement Hamas. The new law, approved in the Bundestag on Friday, 25 June, now heads to […]

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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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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 […]