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Turcophobia

2018

23

Jul

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Austria bans driver license exams to be held in Turkish

Learner drivers in Austria will no longer be able to take their theory test in Turkish, the transport ministry said on July 21, blaming the cost of translating the exam. Of the nearly 300,000 theory tests taken last year, 3,631 were conducted in Turkish — or 1.2 percent of the total. The ministry, which in Austria’s new coalition government belongs to the far-right […]

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Country: Austria
Source: BBC Türkçe , Hurriyet Daily News

18

Jul

FILE - In this March 2, 2016 file photo defendant Ralf Wohlleben, right, alleged supporter of the neo-Nazi group National Socialist Underground, NSU, arrives at a court room in Munich, Germany. On Wednesday, July 18, 2018 a German court has ordered the release of Wohlleben convicted last week as an accessory to the murder of nine victims of a neo-Nazi group that targeted immigrants. Ralf Wohlleben was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment at the end of a trial that lasted over five years. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, pool, file)

German court releases man convicted as an accessory to the murder of nine victims of a neo-Nazi group

 A German court has ordered the release of a man convicted last week as an accessory to the murder of nine victims of a neo-Nazi group that targeted immigrants. Ralf Wohlleben was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment at the end of a trial that lasted more than five years. Prosecutors alleged he was instrumental in […]

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Country: Germany
Source: The Washington Post

11

Jul

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German neo-Nazi Beate Zschäpe sentenced to life for NSU murders

A German court sentenced neo-Nazi Beate Zschaepe to life in prison Wednesday for the terrorist group NSU’s murders and bomb attacks targeting Turkish immigrants. At Munich’s Higher Regional Court, Presiding Judge Manfred Goetzl said Zschaepe was guilty of membership in a terrorist group and complicity in 10 murders and two bomb attacks committed by the neo-Nazi group. Goetzl ruled […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Anadolu Agency

04

Jun

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Belgian minister with Turkish roots targets Turkish language

New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) parliamentarian Zuhal Demir, who is accused of making PKK propaganda and known for her remarks against Muslims and Turkey, objects to Turkish language lessons given to children of Turkish descent after school. According to a news report published by Het Laatste Nieuws (HLN), around 50 students of Turkish descent in Ghent […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: A News

28

May

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Ozil criticised by far-right party holding anti-Islam rally in Berlin for Erdogan meeting

An anti-Islam rally was held by far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in country’s capital Berlin on Sunday. Speaking to media before the beginning of the rally, AfD board member Beatrix von Storch criticized German football player of Turkish origin Mesut Ozil. “Ozil has German passport but he isn’t a German. He can’t be a […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Anadolu Agency

15

May

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German football association (DFB) slams Ozil, Gundogan photos with Turkish president

The head of Germany’s soccer federation has criticized national team players Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan for having their picture taken with Turkey’s president. The Arsenal and Manchester City players posed for photos on Sunday in London with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has taken an increasingly authoritarian stance in recent years. Reinhard Grindel said […]

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Country: Germany
Source: The Washington Post , Deutsche Welle

15

Feb

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Far-right German politician calls Turkish community ‘camel herders’

Germany’s Turkish community is considering whether to launch a legal complaint against a far-right politician for dubbing them “camel herders” and “caraway traders.” The insults made by Andre Poggenburg, the head of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, “show the level of the AfD,” Gökay Sofuoğlu, the chair of the […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Daily Sabah

14

Feb

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Former Greek foreign minister Pangalos: ‘The only good Turk is a dead Turk’

Former Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos has sparked controversy after using the phrase “the only good Turk is a dead Turk” in a radio interview on Tuesday. Speaking to Skai radio, Pangalos argued that Greece faced a “huge” problem with Turkey. “The enemy is relentless and will not be overcome, regardless of how much good […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Ekathimerini

08

Feb

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Constraints in Belgium thwart family reunification for Turks

Recent limitations on family reunification for people of foreign origin concern Turks in Belgium. In a country where rising racism, xenophobia and increasing support for the far-right remains risky for migrants, Belgium moved to restrict family reunification visas in 2011 and 2016 by introducing new regulations. As a result, family reunification visas for Turks dropped […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Daily Sabah

18

Jan

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Swiss authorities criticized for ignoring PKK victims

A Turkish nongovernmental organization criticized Swiss authorities in Geneva on Wednesday for not allowing it the use of billboards to draw attention to the PKK terror group’s victims in Turkey. In a statement, the Turkish Community in Switzerland, which is also known as Association Turque en Suisse (ATS), pointed out that Swiss authorities had failed […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: Anadolu Agency