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Turcophobia

2018

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

2017

08

Nov

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Belgium: Turkish-origin deputy barred from medical body

A Turkish-origin Brussels lawmaker has told Anadolu Agency has been barred from the board of a university hospital in the Belgian capital. Sevket Temiz, 47, a Socialist member of the parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region since 2014, was nominated by his party to join the board of Brugmann University Hospital ahead of an election to […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: Anadolu Agency

19

Sep

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Danish politicians of Turkish descent forced to resign ahead of local elections

Two Danish politicians of Turkish descent, known for their active involvement in local politics, were forced to resign ahead of the upcoming local elections on Nov. 21 due to their activities on social media, reports said Thursday. Furesö Municipal Councilor Neslihan Diksan from the Social Democratic Party and Silkeborg Municipal Councilor Mustafa Kellegöz resigned from […]

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Country: Denmark
Source: Daily Sabah

02

Aug

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NSU trial: Prosecutor says defendants provided main murder weapon

In his closing arguments Monday, public prosecutor Jochen Weingarten said the two co-defendants had aided and abetted the Nationalist Socialist Underground (NSU), a right-wing extremist terrorist gang responsible for 10 murders between 2000 and 2007. Ralf Wohlleben, a former official at the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD), and Carsten S. stand accused of procuring a […]

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Country: Germany
Source: DW World

19

Jul

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Neo-Nazi murder trial to hear last arguments in Germany

Closing arguments in a high-profile neo-Nazi murder trial in Germany will begin on Wednesday, the court announced on Tuesday. Members of the far-right terrorist group National Socialist Underground (NSU) are accused of killing at least eight Turkish immigrants, a Greek citizen and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007. Presiding Judge Manfred Goetzl said at […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Anatolian News Agency

18

Jul

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Switzerland puzzles over citizenship test after lifelong resident fails

Should foreign residents have to know how to recycle waste oil before they can apply for citizenship? Are people who shop at local corner shops more deserving citizens than those who frequent supermarkets? And what kind of sport is “hornussing”? These are just some of the questions Switzerland is puzzling over after a 25-year-old failed […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: Guardian