Tyrkias statsminister Recep Tayyip Erdogan overrasket vertskapet da han under et besøk i Tyskland foreslo at det skal bygges tyrkiske videregående skoler og universiteter i Tyskland, som skal benytte tyrkiske lærere, sendt av Tyrkia.
Statsminister Angela Merkel ble tydelig tatt på sengen av forslaget og reagerte reservert.
Erdogan mente også at det var bra for integrasjonen at de tyrkiske elevene først lære seg tyrkisk.
Erdogan’s suggestion that Germany should found Turkish-medium high schools and universities came as a bit of a surprise to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was also present at the question-and-answer session.
For immigrants to speak better German, Erdogan explained, they have to be able to speak their own mother tongue first. Turkish teachers and schools could help them along, he said. «The German government should have no problem with that,» Erdogan said, adding that, «whatever needs to be done for integration, should be done.»
Erdogan also pleaded for existing German high schools to hire teachers from Turkey to ease the language barrier immigrants often face in their adopted country. Around 2.7 million people of Turkish descent currently live in Germany.