Erdogan demands Turkish schools, dual citizenship from Germany

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Germany allow Turkish schools in the country as Turkey did.

Erdogan demands Turkish schools, dual citizenship from Germany

World Bulletin / News Desk

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Germany allow Turkish schools in the country as Turkey did.

The remarks came before German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pay a visit to Turkey to hold meetings on March 29.

"In Turkey, we have German high schools - why shouldn't there be Turkish high schools in Germany? We are working towards establishing a German University in Turkey at the moment. Why shouldn't there be a Turkish university in Germany as well?" Erdogan asked in an interview with German weekly Die Zeit.

Erdogan said that many of the almost three million people of Turkish origin living in Germany had problems with both languages, and offering education in Turkish might also help their German.

"Germany has not yet caught up with the times," Erdogan said. "One must first have a firm command of one's own language, that is to say, Turkish, and that is unfortunately rarely the case."

Erdogan also asked for Turkish vocational education for Turks, saying "this is not a luxury, but a support for integration."

"Dual citizenship"

Erdogan also criticized the fact that Germany does not allow dual citizenship unless the additional country is a member of the EU.

"I find it regrettable that Germany is among the countries in the EU that does not allow dual citizenship," he told Die Zeit.

A child of foreign parents can only obtain dual citizenship if one parent has lived in Germany regularly for at least eight years. But, at age 23, the child needs to choose one nationality.

Erdogan added, the "privileged partnership" proposed to Turkey by Merkel and French President Nicholas Sarkozy in stead of full EU membership, had no place in EU treaties.

"Merkel's schedule"

During her second visit to Turkey as the chancellor of Germany since 2006, Merkel will meet with representatives of some opposition parties.

She is set to meet with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Merkel will be received by President Abdullah Gul and partake in a banquet to be hosted in his honor by Prime Minister Erdogan.

She will proceed to Istanbul later in the same day.

On the second day of her visit, Merkel will visit the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. After taking part in a panel discussion with students at the German High School, Merkel will meet with religious representatives of German community in Istanbul.

Besides Chancellery Commissioner for Migration, Refugees, and Integration Maria Boehmer, a number of Turkish and German businessmen will accompany Merkel during her visit.

Turkey-Germany bilateral relations as well as Turkey-European Union relations, the Cyprus issue, the Middle East peace process and the nuclear crisis with Iran are expected to top the agenda of the meeting between Prime Minister Erdogan and Chancellor Merkel.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Mart 2010, 16:49

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Tamer Kirac
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I am a Turk and I have lived in Germany in my childhood as a 9 year old son of a "gastarbeiter." I have also lived in Canada and the USA since my childhood. Germany as I knew then and Germany as I know of today would not be my choice of place to live and raise my children. It was and is ethnocentric with low tolerance of non-German races.

The Germans have always looked upon non-Germans as inferior, maybe with the exception of their views of Anglo-Saxon Americans.

I commend Prime Minister Erdogan for pursuing Turkish schools and citizenship rights for Turks living in Germany. Turks have worked hard in that country and provided the support what needed. They deserve respect, equal rights and the same rights that Germans are also given in Turkey.

Treat others as you yourself want to be treated!