Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Merkel in Turkey

Everything to explain why Turkey and Germany won't ever be friends in one article:
Two years ago in a sports stadium in Cologne, Erdogan caused outrage in Germany by dubbing alleged policies of assimilation of the Turkish minority as a "crime against humanity".

At the weekend he upped the ante by calling for the establishment of special Turkish high schools in Germany and the abolition of a German ban on dual citizenship so that Turks in Germany could acquire German passports while keeping their Turkish ID papers.


Merkel:
"What we want is people who live among us over several generations to integrate into this country," she said. "That obviously involves learning the German language and obeying German laws."

Erdogan:
"Why this hatred against Turkey?"

Our readers might like to ponder for a moment the fate of minorities in Turkey who reject "assimilation" - it's not pretty...

10 comments:

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Sage, where is your sense of humour?

The headline should have read 'Merkey in Turkey.'

sagenz said...

adolf - its kind of scary that you mistake my posts and style for milt. :^)

Simon said...

The Kurds are not well treated in Turkey but for people moving into Europe why would they want to integrate into the socialist & cultural cot cases which make up Europe.

Europe needs immigration to sustain its basket case welfare system the people moving into Europe should do as they please.

Quid pro quo.

Psycho Milt said...

Europe needs immigration to sustain its basket case welfare system the people moving into Europe should do as they please.

They do. If they want to be Turks who happen to live and work in Germany, the Jerries have no problem with that and provide a shitload of work permits to facilitate it. Immigrating to Germany is something else entirely and can be reasonably expected to involve a certain level of commitment to your new country. Erdogan seems to think that "Jerries suck but their passport's useful" is a satisfactory basis for German citizenship - it's hardly a surprise that Merkel thinks differently.

Renosven said...

With a rising xenophobia and rampant Islamophobia all over Europe, did anyone expect Merkel to push for an acceleration of Turkey's accession negotiations? Open ended negotiations= iiiifffff and wheeeeeeen.

Anonymous said...

"Erdogan seems to think that "Jerries suck but their passport's useful" is a satisfactory basis for German citizenship - it's hardly a surprise that Merkel thinks differently."

That's the core argument - communities and nations are getting decidedly peed off at people demanding their 'right' to get a western passport so they can jaunt anywhere in the world for their personal financial and lifestyle benefits.

Communities actually want people with a commitment to that community, and it seems very lacking in a lot of migrants... time to rethink immigration policies for long-term stability.

Anonymous said...

Thought for the day. Are those who refuse to assimilate, colonists?

WAKE UP said...

"Europe needs immigration to sustain its basket case welfare system. The people moving into Europe should do as they please."

Which planet are you on? In either Denmark or Norway (forget which, but no matter) Muslims make up 5% of the population and soak up 40% of the welfare. THAT's why Europe's a basket case.

WAKE UP said...

"With a rising xenophobia and rampant Islamophobia..."

There is NO SUCH THING as Islamophobia. What there is, is increasing awareness of institutionalised Muslim madness - which should be confined to its home countries. Let them hassle each other (which is their defualt position when they have nobody else to hassle).
People from a culture that couldn't invent the aeroplane shouldn't be allowed to board one in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Erdogan obviously wants two things. The votes of expatriate Turks and the money they send home.

I doubt the Germans are stupid enought to allow foreigners to usurp the rule of sovereign law and become a 'special case'

Erdogan is an islamist despite his claims to the contrary. He is busy eliminating the legacy of Gemal Ataturk who once famously said 'I will not have Turkey governed by the theology of an immoral Arab'. Supporting the 'victimhood' of Turkish nationals who complain because they have to obey the law of a host nation gives him a wider support. In turn he will use that for his re-assimilation of islam into Turkish governance. I would trust him as far as I could throw him. I hope the old Hun stays staunch on the right to govern their own country without let or hindrance from this snake.

George