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Regjeringspartiet AKP holdt sist måned en konferanse for utenlandske politikere av tyrkisk avstamning. Politikerne reagerte på at de ble betraktet som del av Tyrkia, og den tyrkiske nasjon. På toppen av det hele gjentar Recep Tayyip Erdogan at tyrkere i utlandet bør beholde dobbelt statsborgerskap og ikke la seg assimilere.

Tittelen på konferansen kunne vært laget av Slobodan Milosevic eller nasjonalsosialistene før krigen: Hvor det er en landsmann, der er vi også.

Det var det samme Milosevic sa om serberne i utlandet, og Hitler sa om sudettyskerne.

Nasjonalismen var så overdrevet og påtrengende at flere på konferansen reagerte. De ville ikke bli tatt til inntekt for AKP-partiet. Hvordan ville de bli oppfattet når de kom tilbake til feks. Tyskland? Erdogan appellerer til at tyrkere ikke skal bli tyskere. Det sa han med rene ord i den famøse talen i Køln i 2008.

Når man ser dette sammen med Erogans store vekt på islam, blir resultatet en religiøs nasjonalisme som Tyrkia tidligere har dårlige erfaringer med.

At the meeting last month, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks living in foreign countries to take out citizenship of the new homelands – not to integrate, but rather to become more politically active, according to the website of news magazine Der Spiegel.

Ali Ertan Toprak, deputy chairman of the Alevi community in Germany, told the magazine government representatives had said: «We have to inject European culture with Turkish.»

Erdogan told the meeting countries that did not allow dual citizenship violated basic rights and also likened Islamophobia to anti-Semitism.

Participants told Spiegel that Erdogan repeated elements of his widely criticised speech in Cologne in 2008 in which he said: «Assimilation is a crime against humanity.»

The invitation to politicians and religious leaders of Turkish descent included lunch in a five-star hotel in Istanbul and offered to cover their travel costs.

The title of the meeting was: «Wherever one of our countrymen is, we are there too.»

About 1,500 Turks from several European countries attended, including a Belgian MP and representatives of companies and NGOs.

The meeting was organised by Erdogan’s reigning Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has conservative-religious leanings and has been criticised for pulling the country away from its secular tradition.

Faruk Celik, a minister in Erdogan’s cabinet, described German politicians as «my honourable parliamentarians» and described Erdogan as «our Prime Minister.»

German politicians and religious representatives of Turkish descent were shocked by the brazen political lobbying and were sharply critical of Ankara.

«It was an absolutely clear lobbying event by the Turkish government,» said Ali Ertan Toprak. He said he was appalled by how often the Turkish government had said Turkish-Germans should represent the interests of Turkey.

«If opponents of (Turkey’s) EU entry from the (European) Union had been there, they would have got a whole lot of material for their argument,» Toprak said.

http://www.thelocal.de/society/20100317-25933.html