Turkish culture community response to prime minister Erdongans visit to Vienna

June 22, 2014

A member of the Turkish culture community, Melissa Günes, wrote an op-ed in one of the leading Austrian newspapers. She clearly criticized the Turkish prime minister for calling the Turkish population living in Austria, as descendants of Süleyman the Magnificent and Kara Mustafa Pascha, both very famous Ottoman leaders. According to Günes the Turks in Austria a very proud of their Turkish cultural roots; however, she stresses, they are also proud of their new Austrian country. According to Günes, Turkeys AKP government should focus more on Turkey and guarantee more democratic rights for all members of the Turkish state.

On Erdogan’s election campaign in Austria

June 29, 2014

Several articles on the Austrian national public service broadcaster (ORF) are concerned with the Turkish prime ministers “non-official” election campaign in Austria. According to Turkish newspapers and political scientists, Erdogan is going to run for the upcoming presidential elections on August 10, 2014. In Austria, Germany and France Erdogan is “fishing” for potential voters.

Syrian refugees discovered in a Turkish truck

June 28, 2014

According to the Wiener Zeitung, eight Syrian refugees were discovered in a Turkish truck at the toll gate at Gleinalm. The subjects were between 2 and 66 years old. It is not clear if Austria was their primary destination.

Rightwing FPÖ leader criticizes Turkish PM Erdogan and is against Turkish Matura

June 14, 2014

According to Heinz-Christian Strache, who is the leader of the rightwing party FPÖ, the forthcoming visit of Turkish prime minister Erdogan would destroy the integration efforts of Austria. In addition, Strache opposes the project to establish Turkish Matura at Austrian Gymnasiums.He claims, that this would have a very negative influence on the integration process of Turks as well as indicate a false signal to the Turkish community, that they do not need to learn the German language.