Turkish president criticizes Germany's immigration policy

President Abdullah Gul interviewed with German ZDF TV channel ahead of his visit to Germany, and criticized the country's immigration policy.

Turkish president criticizes Germany's immigration policy

Turkey's president criticized on Saturday Germany's immigration policy.

President Abdullah Gul interviewed with German ZDF TV channel ahead of his visit to Germany, and criticized the country's immigration policy.

Gul said the immigration law, tightened in 2007, was against human rights and expressed belief that this policy was not fair.

"The immigration policy in Germany contradicts a developed democracy," Gul said.

Gul asked Turks living in Germany to learn fluent German, and defined language as the key of integration to a society.

President Gul denied claims that Turkey was getting away from the West, and said Turkey's strategic target was Europe.

Gul said Turkey wanted to conclude its full membership negotiations with the European Union (EU) successfully.

President Gul also said Turkey was a source of inspiration for countries experiencing "Arab Spring" thanks to its democracy.

Turkey became an EU candidate country in December 1999. The union launched accession talks with Turkey on October 3, 2005. The EU has so far opened 13 of the 35 chapter headings to negotiations with Turkey.

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Last Mod: 17 Eylül 2011, 17:33
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