Celebrations of Erdoğan supporters in Berlin and grieving German football fans

Photo by Monika Muller-Kroll


Last week’s election in Turkey reinstated long-standing leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. We spoke to American journalist Erik Kirschbaum about why he believes 65 percent of German-based Turks voted for Erdoğan, and how this reflects Germany’s relationship with its largest migrant community. According to Kirschbaum, “the Germans sort of expect them to be integrated in the population and that so many people voted for Erdoğan is quite a shock for Germans.”

We also caught up about Germany’s recent loss in the World Cup. As a big football fan, Kirschbaum reflects on the shock Germans feel about not reaching the semi-finals, but he says that most fans are recovering well: “I think they’re getting more mature about their team not winning all the time and life does go on. It is only a game after all.”

Photo by Monika Müller-Kroll