AfD takes to political soapbox in wake of Turkish referendum

Published 21.04.2017 01:42

The German far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has declared that it will use the voting behavior of Turks in Germany as auspices for the proposed abolishment of dual citizenship, a political stance the AfD is taking as part of its election campaign following Turkey's referendum.

The AfD stated that it will use the voting behavior of Turks in Germany as an argument against granting dual citizenship, saying: "This referendum clearly shows that dual citizenship is a bad idea." According to German Press Agency (DPA), AfD Deputy Chairman Alexander Gauland said "They [Turks] do not belong here," referring to Turks who voted for an autocratic system with more than 60 percent. "This is our home. Anyone who wants to live here with us must adapt," he added.

Meanwhile, the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD), a center-left party in Germany, has also warned against withdrawing dual citizenship in response to the referendum in Turkey. Northern German state Schleswig-Holstein's (a northern state in Germany) Prime Minister Torsten Albig (SPD) stated in an interview that is published on Handelsblatt, a German business newspaper, yesterday that the dual citizenship is necessary for the coexistence in a good and modern Europe. "It would be a false conclusion to undermine our ideas of a modern Europe because of unwanted election results," he said.

On Sunday, 51.4 percent of Turkish voters cast their ballots in favor of 18 constitutional amendments that will, among other things, pave the way for Turkey's switch from a parliamentary system to a presidential system of governance. In Germany, 63.1 percent of voters cast their ballots for the "yes" camp.

According to unofficial results, the "yes" campaign won in Turkey with 51.41 percent, while the "no" votes stood at 48.59 percent. Voter turnout in the country was 85.46 percent.

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