Chancellor Angela Merkel is remaining steadfast to her opinion that Turkish immigrants living in Germany must learn the language of their adopted land.
Opening an international technology expo in Hanover Merkel forced home the point, knowing that her Turkish counterpart was attending the same event.
“The integration of Turkish-origin migrants in Germany has a very special meaning for us. I will talk to Turkey’s prime minister over what progress has been made and which problems remain to be solve. To me, the focus here is to learn the German language,” said Angela Merkel.
Turkey’s prime minister took the row further, questioning why despite a close relationship between their countries, Turks still needed travel visas.
“Turkey has a customs arrangement with the European Union. Turkey is in negotiations with the EU for full membership and still Turkey has to bear the burden of visas,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Around three million Turks live in Germany. Erdogan said that they should be allowed to safeguard their cultural origins.