Tag Archives: assimilation

The Third Generation: German Jihad Colonies Sprout Up in Waziristan

The following article from the Spiegel discusses the third generation of Islamist terrorists since 9/11 and their relatively swift radicalization and departure for Jihad training grounds around the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The article focuses mainly on the story … Continue reading

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Two conversations pt. 2: Merkel rebuffs call for Turkish schools in Germany

Soon after the Turkish Prime Minister’s call for fully-Turkish secondary schools to be established in Germany, German Chancellor Angela  Merkel has come out to reject the PM’s plans, calling for integration through learning the German language and German customs. Many … Continue reading

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Two conversations pt. 1: Turkish schools in Germany would ‘show respect’ for culture

Recently, the Turkish Prime Minister has suggested establishing fully-Turkish language teaching secondary (high) schools in Germany. The article is an interview conducted between Deutsche-Welle and Ulrich Raiser, a member of Network Migration in Europe, an EU partly-financed think tank. Mr. … Continue reading

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It Makes No Sense to Ban the Burqa

This article is about the purported banning of the burqua and niqab in Belgium, following France’s lead in proposing legislation that would outlaw the wearing of these religious garments in the public sphere. The author of this article does raise … Continue reading

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It’s Time For Turkey To Snap Out Of Its Self-Delusion

Conflict ensues over the establishment of Turkish high schools to promote integration in Germany.  Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is putting pressure on German politicians to “see the signs of the times,” having recently lobbied for the Turkish diaspora … Continue reading

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“Merkel offen fuer tuerkische Schulen in Deutschland” (Merkel is open towards Turkish schools in Germany)

The article “Merkel offen fuer tuerkische Schulen in Deutschland” (Merkel is open towards Turkish schools in Germany) talks about how chancellor Angela Merkel met with Minister-President Erdogan in Turkey this past week. They discussed the topic of Turkish schools in … Continue reading

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Merkel gegen türkische Gymnasien in Deutschland

Angela Merkel spoke out against the suggestion by Tayyip Erdogan to open solely Turkish high schools in Germany.  Not only German politicians were against his suggestions; the Türkischen Gemeinde in Deutschland also said that exclusive high schools were counterproductive towards … Continue reading

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“Tuerkei will mit Merkel ueber Visa reden” (“Turkey wants to talk with chancellor Merkel about visa”)

The article “Tuerkei will mit Merkel ueber Visa reden” (“Turkey wants to talk with Chancellor Merkel about visa”) addresses the issue of visa-free travel into the EU. Turkish citizens are dissatisfied by the fact that they still have to apply … Continue reading

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“Sarrazin vergrault tuerkische Waehler” (Sarrazin Scares Away Turkish Voters)

The article “Sarrazin vergrault tuerkische Waehler” (Sarrazin Scares Away Turkish Voters) discusses how SPD member Thilo Sarrazin recently made inappropriate, racist comments about integration, more precisely about German-Turks. An example of a comment he made is “kleine Kopftuchmaedchen” (small head … Continue reading

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Mouthpieces for Turkish Interests

Recently leaders of Turkish decent around Europe have been enticed to join in all-expense paid events in Istanbul. These events were organized by the Turkish government and led by the conservative-religious Justice and Development (AKP) party with a wide array … Continue reading

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Turkish culture club firebombed in Münster

A recent string of attacks on a Turkish consulate and a Turkish culture club in the city of Münster are believed to have been carried out by individuals of Kurdish background. This article mentions some of the tensions between Kurds … Continue reading

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Türken größter Anteil Etwas weniger Ausländer in Deutschland

The article “Türken größter Anteil: Etwas weniger Ausländer in Deutschland” talks about immigrants in Germany. According to the article, the number of immigrants in Germany decreased this past year compared to preceding years. However, the number of EU-citizens in Germany … Continue reading

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Islam for the Diaspora

This article addresses the role of imams in Germany and anxieties that exist about the nature of Islamic instruction there. As German schools lack training in the Islamic faith, Muslim congregations have been importing imams. One Islamic organization that trains … Continue reading

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Bewerber-Diskriminierung

This was an interesting article in the online addition of Der Spiegel where students sent fictitious resumes to German companies under a Turkish and a German alias.  The study proved that discrimination existed in the job market regardless of qualification, … Continue reading

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Too Left for Germany

Jannine Menger Hamilton is an immigrant who was raised and educated in Germany. Hamilton appears to be the star example of successful integration and yet she is being denied naturalization because she is a member of a leftist party which … Continue reading

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Dresdner bilden Menschenkette gegen Fremdenhass

The article “Dresdner bilden Menschenkette gegen Fremdenhass” depicts the scene that took place on February 13th, 2010, where 15.000 people in Dresden formed a line in remembrance of the night and the victims of the bombings of February 13th, 1945. … Continue reading

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Leading conservative calls for more immigrant naturalisation

In this article it is suggested that a more successful integration can be achieved if Germany worked harder at naturalizing members of its large immigrant population. In this way a more inclusive environment could perhaps open up a discourse to … Continue reading

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Muslims in the EU don’t feel accepted, prefer to live in mixed society

A recent study from the end of 2009 examines the livelihoods of Muslim immigrants living throughout Europe – the survey focused on residents of 11 European cities. According to the article, there is a common view that Muslims do not wish … Continue reading

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Turks face integration challenges in Germany

This article focuses on the difficulty Turkish Germans have when trying to claim a German identity. It brings up problems in defining German identity, where one woman appears to have been well-integrated as a child — dressing like other German … Continue reading

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Far-Right Rhetoric Germany’s Very Own Minaret Debate Turns Nasty

This article speaks to the recent debate over the building of minarets on mosques in many countries within the European Union. It is another instance of contention over the perceived “Islamicization” of Europe through the increased visibility of Islam in … Continue reading

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