Why should the CDU be any different than the Tories or the Republican Party?
For the first time in their history, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats have put forward a Turkish-Muslim candidate, Cemile Giousouf, to run for the federal election.
The 35 year old Giousouf is confident that the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) will attract Turkish voters and show growing interest in addressing the political demands of immigrants in the next legislation period.
“There has been a significant change in the CDU’s approach towards immigrants,” Giousouf said on Thursday in an exclusive interview with AA.
“This is not only symbolic. The CDU is strongly investing in integration policies, policies towards immigrants” she added.
In the past, Turkish immigrants largely favored the Social Democrats and Greens in general elections but the recent opening of the CDU towards immigrants may introduce a change, according to Cemile Giousouf, whose parents belong to the Turkish minority in Greece.
It’s bound to change now. Look at all the commonalities.
“Religious people, whatever religion they belong to, have shared interests. Both Muslims and Christians in Germany want for example to have religion taught at school,” Giousouf told broadcaster Deutsche Welle recently.
Also both want the death penalty for adultery. Wait… no.
Cemile Giousouf pointed out that there are different ideas inside the CDU on the issue of dual-citizenship, a major demand of Turkish immigrants, and the divisive issue of Turkey’s EU membership.
While Chancellor Merkel had long been skeptical about Turkey’s EU membership and opposed dual-citizenship for Turkish immigrants, CDU leaders in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), including former integration minister Armin Laschet, are supporting the demands raised by immigrants.
Of course they are.
Cemile Giousouf is delighted with the strong support she received from the young generation of German-Turks in the city of Hagen during her campaign. Giousouf says that if she is elected, her main priorities will be developing policies towards ensuring equal opportunities in education and employment, as many immigrants still face discrimination in entering high-ranked schools and securing employment.
Of course she is.