Erdogan distributes this letter to Turks in Germany

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Erdogan is currently distributing this letter to Turks in Germany

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, at the opening of the Ditib Central Mosque in Cologne 2018 Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, at the opening of the Ditib Central Mosque in Cologne 2018

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, at the opening of the Ditib Central Mosque in Cologne 2018

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The Turkish ruling party organizes events in mosques and Turkish associations. Members often receive a letter from the chairman. In it, Erdogan describes his alleged merits – and a vision for the next 30 years.

DThe Turkish ruling party AKP distributes letters from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to citizens of Turkish origin in Germany. In the letter, which is available on WELT and has been distributed to mosque communities and Turkish associations since September, Erdogan calls on Turks living abroad to support them in next year’s parliamentary and presidential elections.

“Next year’s elections are crucial, both to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our republic and to realize the 2053 vision. I have every confidence that you will continue to support the future of our country to the best of our ability.”

Erdogan first presented his “Vision 2053” in 2020. Earlier this year, he announced plans to make Turkey a “logistics powerhouse” by 2053, targeting several infrastructure projects. About 1.5 million Turks in Germany have the right to vote in next year’s elections.

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In the letter, Erdogan looks back on the AKP’s government phase, which has lasted since 2001. The party started 21 years ago with the “goal of a Greater Turkey”. “You, as our citizens living abroad, are an essential part of this blessed march. Wherever a citizen of ours lives, we as a state will stand by you.”

Erdogan’s rhetoric has for years used neo-Ottoman and pan-Turkish ideas advocating for Turkey’s return to its former strength and greatness. The Turkish president often refers to the national pact Misak-i Milli, which was established by the Turkish independence movement after World War I and provided for the drawing of a border with parts of Syria, Iraq and Greece.

Erdogan emphasizes services to Turks in Europe

According to Erdogan, his government is “the first Turkish government to prepare an electoral program for citizens abroad and allocate a separate component in the government program”. “We have built a Turkey that everyone is proud of, wherever they live.” The AKP had “appointed thousands of teachers and religious officials for Turks abroad so that our children can exist in the society they live in without forgetting their language.” , religion and culture”.

The letter explicitly mentions the establishment of the Yunus Emre Institute and the Maarif Foundation, educational institutions of the Turkish state that are also active in Germany.

The election campaign of the Erdogan party in Germany is already in full swing. In recent weeks, AKP MPs have traveled to Germany dozens of times to campaign for votes in the communities of the Turkish mosque associations Ditib and IGMG (Milli Görüs) and at election campaign events of the UID lobby group.

He had already in September AKP MP Ismail Tamer after visiting Ditib mosques in Mönchengladbach and Duisburg, announced on Twitter that he had “handed over a letter from President Erdogan” to the community. The events thwart attempts by the Islamic associations to publicly pretend to be independent from the Turkish state.

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Representatives of the AKP lobby organization UID will meet their president in October 2021

In March, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, WELT AM SONNTAG, advised that it should be assumed that the AKP would “try to join forces of associations in Germany with a large number of members and coordinate their efforts” during the election campaign. activities”. The UID has significant mobilization potential in Germany, which played a role in the constitutional referendum in April 2017 and in the parliamentary and presidential elections in 2018.

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Most recently, the UID organized an election campaign in Nuremberg with former Health Minister Recep Akdag. According to media reports, those responsible for Ditib took part in addition to officials from the Turkish Consulate General.

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