Germany’s President Christian Wulff is on a state visit to Turkey, the first official trip there by a German head of state in a decade, and Wulff’s first state visit. He has used the trip to try and tone down Germany’s simmering immigration debate.
He is also the first German president to address the Turkish parliament.
In a newspaper interview Wulff said: “I consider it wrong to claim that a whole group cannot and does not want to integrate,” and added that he is against any “blanket judgements.”
It appears to be a direct rebuttal of Bavarian CSU leader Horst Seehofer’s comment this weekend that Germany should stop immigration from Muslim countries.
Wulff was also a guest at a red carpet news conference at the presidential palace with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and members of the military high command, accompanied for the first time at such a high-profile event by his wife.
Wulff uses Turkey visit to slam immigration critics