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Népszabadság - Hungary | Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The controversy in Germany over integration and assimilation

The newspaper's Germany correspondent András Dési comments on Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's speech in Cologne: "It may sound rather bizarre, but Erdogan has actually done German politicians a favour. The Turkish leader knows full well that German conservatives reject the idea of Turkey joining the EU. The message of the Cologne spectacle is that although political objections and excuses can be found to put obstacles in Turkey's way, economically Turkey has in fact been integrated in the EU for some time, and the presence of more than 5.3 million Turks (some calculations even put the figure at 15 million) in the countries of the EU is a fact of life. The döner is here to stay in the everyday lives of Germans and western Europeans, even if many still find it rather indigestible."

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