Who misguides Chancellor Merkel?

Published 04.09.2017 23:43

German federal elections will be held on Sept. 24. Everyone, particularly Turks, have already had enough of their election campaigns since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) are among the top topics discussed as part of the campaigns, as if Germany did not have any other problems. As a matter of fact, it is sort of flattering for Turkey, as it seems that they Germans would not have anything else to discuss were it not for Turkey. I am certain that every German voter in their right mind is also tired of hearing the seemingly unending discussions about Turkey.

It is not fresh news that some politicians including the Social Democratic Party of Germany's (SPD) chancellor candidate Martin Schulz and the co-chair of the Greens, who is of Turkish descent, continue to issue statements that criticize Turkey and its president with hopes to increase their vote share, which is pathetic. The SPD and the Greens would not be in such a situation had they come up with better candidates. The condition of the Left is also evident. We know that those siding with the outlawed PKK cannot talk positively about Turkey. As for the Alternative for Germany (AfD), no one expects it to be on friendly terms with Turkey after it turned into an umbrella party for racists.

However, it is impossible to make sense of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU). They have already won over Schulz, who is surely not a tough rival. Besides, they did have not had to confront any challenges from the refugee issue during their election campaign, thanks to the recent refugee policies of Turkey. There is no need to question the Chancellor Angela Merkel's success in economy policies - she stands out positively among other EU leaders. However, she would not be enjoying campaign ease to such an extent if the agreement made with Turkey on refugees and the steps taken by Turkey in this respect did not exist.

If Merkel is to lead a more stable coalition government with the Free Democratic Party (FDP) on Sept. 25, it must not be overlooked that Turkey's refugee policy has had a major role in that. Even if the FDP does not have enough seats to form a coalition and they continue down the road with the SPD, which has become rather ineffective, their relative success remains dependent on the diplomatic concessions of Turkey. Then who could possibly misguide Chancellor Merkel regarding Turkey? Surely, they are misinforming her with false data about the Turkish nation. Otherwise, she would not have said that the 50 percent of Turkey looks to Germany for help during a televised debate with Schulz on Sunday. The politicians with biased views on Turkey, such as Sigmar Gabriel, Martin Schulz, Cem Özdemir and Kati Piri, are spreading such baseless claims. Marginal groups, especially, with anti-Turkish sentiments resort to such lies, which are called "Lebenslüge" in German, meaning "lifelong lie."

Those who are familiar with Turkish people know that they esteem honor very highly. Turkish people are resentful of Merkel's latest statements declaring that Germany would save 50 percent of Turks. Since the historic victory in the Battle of Malazgirt (Manzikert) in 1071, the people of Anatolia have been aware of the fact that those claiming to save them do actually look to exploit them.

Furthermore, Merkel's "50 percent" claim is not true. The reports she relies on do not reflect the realities of Turkey. It must be noted that these reports have never turned out to be true. Every time, President Erdoğan has proved them wrong.

When the Turkish president asked the German electorate of Turkish descent not to vote for the CDU, the SPD or the Greens since they ran anti-Turkey propaganda, Merkel reacted to Erdoğan by arguing that his statements constituted an intervention in Germany's internal affairs. But how can her latest statements be categorized?

Contending that you will save 50 percent of Turks basing on false data is reminiscent of the knights embarking on the Crusades. In Turkey, the proportion of those looking to Merkel's help could be 20 percent at most. Even if 80 percent of Turkey were dissident, they would still not look to the help of the Crusaders.

Those misguiding Chancellor Merkel are actually undermining Turkish-German ties. Hopefully, the Chancellor can realize before it is too late, since Turks have never allowed the Crusaders' invasion since 1071.

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