A Sophistry Corner special today featuring one of Europe’s favourite people, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Clearly the man believes that integration of Turks in Germany means more Turkish schools, more Islamic “education centres”, more Saturn V minarets and “honour killings” being incorporated into the Grundgesetz. Well, anything but Turks making an effort themselves and speaking the language of the country in which they choose to live.
The Turkish Prime Minister yesterday issued a stinging rebuke to Germany over its treatment of Turkish immigrants.
In remarks that highlight the resentment that has built up over the European Union ‘s continued refusal to allow Turkey to join the club, Recep Tayyip Erdogan lambasted the Berlin government’s attempts to integrate its 3.5 million Turkish immigrants, and said policies that encouraged them to renounce their culture and speak German were a “violation of international law”.
“Row over treatment of immigrants reopens Turkey’s rift with Europe” (The Independent, 28th February 2011)
As I have always said, a Turkey is just for Christmas, not the European Union.