The political influence of the Turkish population of Germany is one of the parameters that should be evaluated, as long as interpretations of the ambivalence of Berlin regarding the Greek-Turkish tension are attempted, To Vima wrote.
Merkel, the pressures and the equal distances
One year before the elections and at the end of Angela Merkel’s fourth term as German Chancellor, the crisis between Athens and Ankara forms a complex condition for the political balance in Germany. The attitude of the German Government has been described as a constant effort to maintain equal distances between Greece and Turkey – on the one hand because of the intended role of the ombudsman, and on the other hand because of the de facto political influence of the Turkish factor. This concerns, on the one hand, the bilateral economic relations and, on the other hand, the role of the millions of Turks in Germany and how they influence political developments in not only Germany, but also Turkey.