Turkish-German Relationship in Downward Trend

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Turkish-German relations in downward trend Assessment The relationship between Turkey and Germany is a very familiar topic; it has been discussed throughout the years due to the large population of Turks currently residing in Germany. Even with Germany’s recent economic reputation in all of Europe, drawing in a large influx of immigrants from many European Union countries, it is difficult to speak about immigration in Germany without involving the influence that Turkey has had since post World War II. Despite the presence that Turks have in Germany, their relationship dating back to the 1960’s continues to have its struggles throughout the years, especially with the upcoming German election. The article found in Today’s Zaman, discusses and looks to explain some of the reasoning as to why the Turkish-German relationship is at a present downward trend through the lens of several Turkish representatives found in Germany. These include the president of the Turkish-German Foundation for Education and Scientific Research, Professor Faruk Azen, businessman Ahmet Guler, journalist Hasan Tekin, and author Nevval Sevindi. It is important to understand the background of Turkish-German relationship in order to get a better grasp on the context of the article. Having some knowledge of the situation helps in seeing the point of views used by author Sevgi Akarcesme. Large scale-Turkish migration to Germany can be dated back since the 1960’s. Germany’s booming economy led to a labor shortage, putting the country in a desperate need for workers. This opened opportunities for immigrants to come and fill in the necessary void. Along with other countries, such as Italy, Spain, and Greece, Turkey sent in guest workers with the intentions of temporary labor that Germany needed at the time. However, for many immigrants their temporary stay turned into permanent residence. Along with
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