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Turkish group demands apology from Seehofer
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Turkish group demands apology from Seehofer

Published: 11 Oct 2010 08:45 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Oct 2010 08:45 GMT+02:00

Outraged Turkish groups and German politicians on Monday demanded an apology from Horst Seehofer after the conservative Bavarian state premier suggested over the weekend Germany put a stop to immigration for Turks and Arabs.

Seehofer, who belongs to the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, told news magazine Focus that “immigrants from other cultures, such as those from Turkey and Arab countries have more difficulties” integrating into German culture. Therefore he had drawn the “conclusion that we need no additional immigration from other cultural areas.”

On Monday chairman of the Turkish Community in Germany (TGD), Kenan Kolat, demanded an apology.

“The latest comments by Seehofer are defamatory and unacceptable,” he told daily Berliner Zeitung, speaking of an attempt to stigmatise certain ethnic groups and trump former Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin’s inflammatory assertions about Muslim immigrants.

Meanwhile politicians from across the spectrum expressed their dismay over Seehofer’s suggestion.

Germany’s Christian Democratic commissioner for integration, Maria Böhmer, said she was "very shocked," while Seehofer's fellow CSU party member and parliamentary liaison at the Interior Ministry Ole Schröder accused Seehofer of trying to talk around his own state’s problems with integration.

Bavarian Free Democrat and Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger called Seehofer’s words an “intentionally simplified populist debate.”

Opposition parties the environmentalist Greens and the centre-left Social Democrats accused the Bavarian leader of pandering to far-right populism.

But other members of Seehofer’s Christian Social Union defended him. Head of the CSU’s parliamentary group, Hans-Peter Friedrich, told daily Hamburger Abendblatt that his party leader was "absolutely right."

Instead of allowing more immigrants from abroad, Germany should focus on bringing in other European workers, he suggested.

“These people are easier to integrate into Germany than those who come from foreign cultural groups,” he said.

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09:17 October 11, 2010 by Hicham1st
Just the same old tape played and replayed again and again.
11:46 October 11, 2010 by Johnne
Well, this is not new to immigrants of "other cultures" oh or he meant Non EU citizens? yes I think so! Thank God that immigrants from Australia, US, Canada, Hong Kong/China, Japan, Abu dhabi, Kuwait, Quatar, Saudi Arabia are gonna be axed as well:-) yeah!!! thank you Mr Seehofer for reminding ALL Non EU citizens that we are all equal before the law (anti-immigrant laws) you just saved some confused immigrants. So now, it´s not gonna be only Africans, Latinos,Turks, Pakistanis and Idians that will get the axe. Hey! brothers and sisters from Non EU countries do you understand this clearly?? No more Non EU Immigration into Germany! no more Army bases. wow! what a politician :-))
11:59 October 11, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I guess I'd better prepare for deportation back to the First World.
12:22 October 11, 2010 by great_warrior
Germany has lot of Industries and lives mainly on exports.Germany needs lot of skilled immigration. It is pity to see that second generation of Turkish people is still doing low grade jobs,selling cars and selling vegetables.If the facilities like Kindergeld,elterngeld and free school education would have been given to Chinese,Vietnamis or Korean students then they would have done thousand time much better and would have given a good image of Immigrants to Germans.
13:23 October 11, 2010 by William Thirteen
looks like you and I are going to be huddled together on the same steamer back to Ellis Island Prufrock...

amazing to see how quickly these scoundrels race to the bottom with their demagoguery. they must be taken lessons from the US congress...
13:51 October 11, 2010 by Johnne
The terrible thing is that, while Herr Super Seehofer is trying to get to "3rd world" immigrants, he is stepping on some Non EU but influencial immigrants toes like the Americans. I think this is good, now they themselves can see that it is not just about the muslims or Africans alone, it is about EVERY foreigner living in this country. Some people don´t know that those of us that are very used to this soceity, or grew up here, know that immigrants or coloured people find life very very difficult sometimes in Germany. I travel a lot, infact I´ve been to almost all the western countries on this planet..and the only country where I´ve been stopped for "normal Polizei control" ausweiss check is Germany. I´ve been contolled by the Police just because I´m black, and could be foreigner without the right papers. My point is, it is not only about racism.. it is the fact that Germany still see immigrants as guest workers, der Army, or tourists. This must change, the mentality must change to a anybody living in Germany is German..like this, it will be easy to impose all sorts of rules for integration.
15:37 October 11, 2010 by William Thirteen
its important to keep in mind that Germany as such has only existed since 1871 and thus is a bit primitive.
19:59 October 11, 2010 by elke77
"Instead of allowing more immigrants from abroad, Germany should focus on bringing in other European workers [Head of the CSU¦#39;s parliamentary group, Hans-Peter Friedrich] suggested.."

You will get your wish next year. In 2011 the labour market becomes flooded with eastern europeans, Bluecard holders, and Indians resulting from the EU trade deal.
20:37 October 11, 2010 by ww77ww
@Johnne, if you do not like it, do something about it. You claim to own a business and employ people, but you spend an awful lot of time here crying when anyone airs a negative word about poorly managed immigration. Keep pretending there are no problems, keep up the holier than thou act.
22:21 October 11, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I'm sure that I speak for the majority of humanity, when I say that "I wish the best for all 6.8 billions members of humanity."

It would obviously be a wonderful thing, if all humans were to someday learn to love and respect themselves, and therefore commit to achieving the very highest level of morality.

Let's all be honest. Every rational person wants to preserve their culture and identity. The main problem is that people continue to fail, to elect government leaders fully understand this.
22:23 October 11, 2010 by ojokojo
I really sympathize with Germany because this is a country that fully depends on manufacturing and exports, yet they are so blind to see that the impact of nonavailability of skilled workers could do to ruin their economy.

I am black, i studied in Germany, masters in communication engineering. I didn't pay a dime, but i tried to get a job, but of course no one is ready to give a black man a professional job in Germany . I had to leave , now i am in Canada working as a communication engineer in a big firm. Now who is the looser and who is the gainer? Canada is so good and welcoming, Just right at the airport the police guy looked at me and after series of questions, he told me welcome home, i couldn't believe it. But what did i get in Germany, everyday the polizei would always stop you and ask you for your ausweiss as if I was a criminal, its just too bad, very very sad. But now I am enjoying life in Canada working and living with people from all over the world.
15:03 October 12, 2010 by Prufrock2010
A nice success story. Congratulations. At least you received your university education for free in Germany. That would not have been possible in North America. Germany's loss is your gain.
17:17 October 12, 2010 by ww77ww
According to Johnne, it is not impossible for a person of black heritage to become very successful in Germany. Maybe Canada has more openings for the position? Either way, Canada is the standard of a multicultural state with everything included.
22:17 October 14, 2010 by wxman
"Demands" are a common staple with these folks no matter which host country they're in.
18:18 October 15, 2010 by Red Squirrel
wxman You have hit the nail right on the head with that statement! It is a fact that the higher the percentage of Muslims there are in any host society the more 'demanding' and 'offended' they become.

And before anyone jumps on me and calls me a racist or any other epithet for that matter I can happily state that I am not. I really don't care what colour or ethnicity anyone is at all, it is how they behave that counts! I don't even blame the Islamics for following the dictates of their pernicious hate manual, they are just doing what it says in the book. In fact I have met some very nice Muslims, but when the chips are down they are compelled to 'follow orders'. and those orders are to turn every nation in the world into an Islamic state, by whatever means necessary!

It really is time to shake off all the the liberal fluffiness and political correctness and open your eyes folks. Read the Koran, I did and it is certainly NOT the word of God!
02:22 October 16, 2010 by supernova
Prufrock2010 said it all in one sentence. A country where such racist practices are common can't be considered civilized or a first world nation.
11:49 October 16, 2010 by wiserthanmos
I am no Nostradamus, but any body with a few extra brain cells can predict which direction Europe is heading. The current immigration policies accross Europe is no longer sustainable when many of them are the burden of the European economies(you know who). It's a shame that people can not have an open and honest debate about immigration issues without been demonized and called racists, especially from their own leftwing people. The way i see it, revolutions throughout western europe are inevitable. The only question is...where will it begin? My bet is Germany, France or Italy!
20:03 March 15, 2012 by ChuChu
RED SQUIRREL? You said it, all this hypocrisy gets me down..as Thilo Sarrazin said..everybody become a "piep piep wir haben uns alle so lieb" when confronted in public, after all we Germans are the "black sheep" of the world when it comes to any form of discussion regarding any immigration issue to our country. we have a phobia about being called "NAZI" (Heaven forbid !!!!) BUT...it is OUR COUNTRY and WE have the right to say who we want here or not.

If other countries are so keen to welcome people from another "cultures" weelllllll

YOU ARE WELCOME TO TAKE THEM ALL!. We prefer people that will find it easier to assimilate into our society or at least are NOT HOSTILE to our culture in our OWN country. We don't have a problem with Other cultures (Islam for instance) ...but they seem to have a problem with us.....STRANGE DON'T YOU THINK?
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