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Submitted by myth (Germany), Feb 18, 2013 at 09:48

neosinan, you are right, today many Turks return from Germany. The grandfather generation came here to work and eventually return to Turkey to retire. In the end they stayed in Germany. The generation of the children were the first to make it into top positions in Germany. Among the well-educated of the generation of the grandchildren some return. They see better immediate job opportunities in Turkey. They do not value Turkey as an islamic country. They return to Turkey for the exact same reasons their grandparents went to Germany. They seek economic opportunity inspite of ,rather than because of, islamic culture.

The islamist goals Erdogan promotes have little to do with the actual motivations of the people. Same is true for the nationalist Ottoman heritage. Yes, Turks are capable of being nationalists, they want to win the euro-cup football more than anything. They want respect from Europe. It is Erdogans trick to instrumentalize those wishes to pursue his islamist goals. The islamist label is a fake.

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