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answering questions from Ianus and turkish population in german society

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Nov 1, 2009 at 08:12

Ianus, thanks for your comments. When I say the NATO is more important than the EU, I say this with respect to european countriess that are members of both. Say for Poland I would assume the population would agree, that it is more important to have their border to Russia protected by NATO than using the euro-money.

As for the acceptance of a Turkey in the EU I would assume the german population to be more balanced, say within 40-60% pro, than political parties. It is quite remarkable that turkish people in europe will speak of their government as being islamist and will refer to the muslim brotherhood as well, they are openly critical. The turkish population in germany is very much part of german mainstream culture in Germany these days, if not a common denominator sub-culture in larger parts of central western Europe.

On the other hand there is a parallel culture streak as well. But the parallel culture is far from being one block in society. Since you speak of german hospitality I am afraid turkish hospitality is greater. In Germany that hospitality has been adopted into mainstream culture, unlike in The Netherlands or Belgium. The reason is in Germany there are some common cultural values and passions. Given the bad economical situation as it is experienced more clearly by immigrant groups I doubt that the turks still have an illusion about going to the EU for prosperity. >fill German prisons, bring savage customs like blood feud, hijab and other notorious Moslem "values" Let me confirm this is a substantial problem within the muslim people for it is german judges who take muslim-background excuses into consideration. Turks who actually grew up in Turkey find much of what is going on in turkish families in the EU quite alien to what they know from back home.

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