Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has addressed some 20,000 supporters in a sports hall in Cologne in the run-up to the presidential elections on May 24, while around 80,000 protested him elsewhere in the German city.
Erdoğan slammed a section of the German media, as well as his political opponents in Turkey, while saying “no to assimilation” like he did in 2008, but also stressed the importance of “integration” and learning German.
“I kindly ask you to learn German and make your children learn it very well. If you live in another country, learn its language. Protect your mother tongue and preserve your cultural links to your homeland, but don’t live like a foreigner in Germany,” Erdoğan said.
“The problems of European politics can be solved with Turkey, not by abusing Turkey,” Erdoğan said, stressing that “a Europe without Turkey” is not sustainable, as Ankara can function as an “antidote” to “racism and racist murders” in Europe.
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