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Merkel raises dust in her own government after demanding loyalty from Turks in Germany

Merkel raises dust in her own government after demanding loyalty from Turks in Germany

Angela Merkel has infuriated members within her own government after questioning the loyalty of Turks living in Germany.

Incensed politicians have piled pressure on Merkel after she said “we expect” loyalty from German nationals of Turkish origin.

In a speech earlier this week, the German Chancellor said: “We expect people with Turkish origins living in Germany for a long time to develop loyalty towards our country to a high degree.”

Her remarks came after thousands of Turks took to the street of Germany in a show of support for Ankara president Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the botched military coup in July.

Volker Beck, the German Green Party spokesman for migration, condemned Merkel over her rally cry.

He said: “Questioning the loyalty of your own citizens without any particular reason is a practice that we generally see only in authoritarian regimes.”

Aydan Özoguz, who is part of Merkel’s own government, said many Turks feel as if they “belong to our country”.

She added: “We should not make the sweeping assumption that they have conflicts of loyalties.”

Head of Germany’s Green parliamentary group Katrin Göring-Eckardt said Merkel’s comments were “unnecessarily placing an entire group under suspicion”.

Protests in Germany

Protests in Germany

The German Chancellor has also been criticized by Turkish officials.

Mustafa Yenero?lu, chairman of Turkish parliament’s human rights committee, said her comments were a “grist to the mill of populists”.

He added: “The assumption behind it is unfounded and counterproductive. It alienates.”


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