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Ethnic Turk Elected Co-leader of German Greens

There are around 3 million ethnic Turks in Germany, and German Green and Parliament member Cem Ozdemir is one of them. This weekend he was elected co-leader of the German Greens to serve along with Claudia Roth. Ozdemir is the first German politician of foreign descent to ascend to the leadership of a political party in Germany.

From Hurriyet:

“What is important for me is not my election as a person of Turkish origin but my election despite this fact. Whatever one’s roots are they can be elected,” he said. “I want to invite all to be engaged in politics. I come from a working class family. If I could achieve this triumph others may well succeed as well. Every segment is part of our society.”

From the International Herald Tribune:

“I want a society where everyone has an equal chance, regardless of where they come from,” Ozdemir said in his acceptance speech at the Greens’ congress in the central city of Erfurt.

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Ronald Hardy

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