from our correspondent in Berlin,
A majority of Turkish immigrants who come to Germany come from Anatolia where the AKP, President Erdogan’s party is well established. They are often conservative and religious people who find themselves in the values defended by the Turkish president. Values transmitted to younger generations.
This is reflected in the regional vote. In Berlin, where the Turkish community is more diverse with Kurds or political opponents of Erdogan, the re-elected president did not cross the 50% mark on Sunday May 28. In the city of Essen, on the other hand, he collected almost 80% of the votes. Moreover, the AKP, more than the opposition, is well established in the organizations and other mosques of the diaspora.
The Turkish media, sometimes with German editions, are widely followed, and as in Turkey, close to power. Finally, there is an identity reflex exploited by Erdogan: the nationalist card, which he plays, speaks to his fellow citizens in Germany who do not always feel well accepted.
Fewer voters than supporters
But this strong support from the Turks of Germany for President Erdogan and his party must be qualified. To say that the Turks in Germany are two-thirds of Erdogan’s supporters is a bit of an understatement. Of the three million people who are from this country, half do not have Turkish nationality and therefore cannot take part in the elections.
Moreover, turnout was only 50% among the 1.5 million Turkish voters in Germany. On arrival, it was therefore 500,000 people out of three million who voted for President Erdogan. But of course, this does not mean that non-voters do not support the Turkish head of state.
Malaise in the German political world
However, this support for the Turkish president has sparked criticism, even controversy. And not necessarily only in the conservative camp. The Minister of Agriculture, the green Cem Ozdemirhimself of Turkish origin, reacted on Twitter with his words: Let’s be honest with ourselves: those supporters of Erdogan who celebrate his victory in our streets are at the same time expressing their rejection of our democracy. Like the far right. This should worry us “. The president of the German Turkish community criticized a reaction that would reinforce Erdogan supporters in their support for the Turkish president as well as their feeling of being poorly accepted in German society.
On the right, the vote of the Turkish diaspora is used to denounce the reform of the government which should allow faster naturalizations and dual nationality. Sensational daily life Bild headlined yesterday: Will many Erdogan supporters become Germans? »
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