Presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey will take place on Sunday, but for the nearly two weeks leading up to them, over 1.4 million people with Turkish roots who live in Germany were eligible to vote.
We spoke with voters outside Berlin’s Turkish Consulate. Hülya, who agreed to an interview if we used her first name only, supports current Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and his Justice and Development Party (AKP). She says she’s lived in Germany for 50 years but is still treated like she doesn’t belong: “We are foreigners here. It doesn’t matter how long we’ve been here or how well we speak German or what we look like. We are still foreigners.”
A referendum that passed in Turkey in 2017 greatly expanded presidential powers while reducing the role of parliament, therefore inching closer to the idea of a “one-man rule,” says Maximilian Popp, Turkey Correspondent for Der Spiegel. Popp says, “If Erdoğan wins, his country has really dark years ahead most likely.”
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