New Islamist Approach to Turks in Germany

The Muslim Issue

by Veli Sirin
October 11, 2013 at 4:30 am

The alignment of a German Islamist party with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP tends to demonstrate that an AKP campaign to penetrate and, ultimately, dominate German Turks has begun in earnest.

Germany’s federal election, held on September 22, had two new consequences, one reported widely in global media — the failure of the centrist Free Democrats [FDP] to retain their presence in the parliament, or Bundestag — and the other observed almost exclusively by Turks, whether in Turkey or in the large Turkish immigrant community in Western Europe. That was the public emergence of an ambitious Islamist party in Germany.

In the political contest in September, for the first time, state-level candidates appeared with an Islamist ideology that values separation from — rather than cooperation with — other German parties. The Islamists are represented by the Alliance for Innovation and…

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