Germany’s mainstream parties worry that Erdogan has more access to Turkish-speaking German voters than they do.
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Turkish broadcasters have an 84 percent market share among Germany's 3 million people of Turkish background, and 40 percent of them watch no German television at all, according to market researcher Data4U.Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has called on German voters of Turkish background to reject Germany's mainstream political parties, saying they are "unfriendly to Turkey".The parties worry that Erdogan has more access to Turkish-speaking German voters than they do.Green Party co-leader Cem Ozdemir, the most prominent German politician of Turkish descent, has called for Germany's public media to start broadcasting a Turkish channel for the benefit of Turks, both in Germany and in Turkey.For Erdogan, having influence over voters in Germany provides a chance to settle scores with German politicians he sees as enemies, while burnishing his credentials at home as a defender of Turks everywhere.Germany's mainstream parties have been outspoken critics of Turkey's crackdown since a failed coup last year, in which thousands of Turks have been jailed, including around a dozen who hold German citizenship. Among the causes the new party has taken up is making it easier for ethnic Turks in Germany, most of whom still don't have the right to vote, to gain it.
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