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tv   Interview - Duzen Tekkal Anger and grief are the mainspring of my work.  Deutsche Welle  January 8, 2018 1:15am-1:31am CET

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the worldwide hit was perhaps france goals most memorable moment in a pop career spanning five decades. and the reminder of the top story we're following for you in germany a first day of talks between chancellor angela merkel and the social democrats on forming a new coalition government has ended on a positive note the country has been without a new government since the election more than three months ago. more news coming up at the top of the hour in the meantime visit our website d.w. dot com i'm still here in berlin and from watching. this you know i mean in your mind. what i'm going to be sort of what i'm what what is organized you don't know what is it there. so yes it could not
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only save but are going on where they're being funded. and about the moments that. it's all about the stories in so. it's all about george chance to discover the world from different perspectives. join us in being sponsored by distinctive instagram murders. d.w. stories new topics each week on instagram. i was in tech and you were born in hanover germany to parents who were kurdish immigrants from turkey we'll be speaking about immigration and human rights welcome
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to the d.w. interview that's become to be the interview hello mr what do you most value about germany i got to live my basically my whole life starting with the know things that some might consider but now doing what feels right getting up in the morning being free being able to work without having to worry about losing a job. without asking if something is a learnt up with the odd feeling of freedom is what motivates me. that. came to germany in one nine hundred sixty five very well your c.d.'s persecuted religious minorities your father was also a guest worker i consider themselves more to be immigrants or religious refugees. to hear him. definitely felt more like they were religious refugees i still remember when i was three when the first t.v. teams tend. to talk about us being immigrants. the question was always
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who are the. where are they from are they really person. that's been my father began with the activism that i continue. that's a big one. your father father was a floor time your mother was illiterate you have ten siblings today you are a political scientist and journalist you write books thanks to whom. and so forth and. you mention for thank you many people as is always the case when people have a half way success in life. thanks to the majority of society to the solidarity around me growing up with my teachers neighbors. my mother couldn't read or write we had to find other ways but my parents instilled a spirit of doing the best with the chances we had even if we didn't have any i mean my mum. always said we have to put two hundred percent of it. was the company and i've taken the time. to talk about this with your father.
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when you are with your father who was in the social democrat party took you to the lower saxony parliament. to be boring for another four year old but not for you. because even pregnant it's hard this thing for me to get had a real impact on me as a minority within a minority as a religious minority and because of my nationality i understood quickly that what we had here was special freedom democracy the parliament. my father was passionate when he explained to me that this was where german laws were made and that people could express their opinion freely this had such an emotional impact on me. and mark very sickly want politicized you wiped out in two thousand and fourteen you decided to go to iraq to report about the use edis being massacres either so i asked also but if. you gave up
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a permanent job at r.t. how to do this first. decision was what was behind it if you could talk. to us that's universally the basic decision and it had little to do with nationality or background it was basically about the question am i living my life right. may sound a bit pretentious but that's how it was i resigned a few months before the genocide even though i didn't have a plan b. i realised i was needed and i wanted to report on my religion something my father has always wanted me to do. what i never did you always say no one was interested but you know yes turned us into a story in the macabre way. and i was ready because i knew the story i wanted to go . so it was not crazy to go there but people here now wanted to hear the story that got himself on top. before. traumatized people you
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witnessed extreme suffering and you heard terrible stories what feelings did this elicit in you you know oscar's. this is prime minister i thought i hadn't changed but my friends say i heard. my last trip to a war zone in iraq was two months ago. i went back with the woman who had been captured by as we went to the terrible place where they had carried out a massacre where she had lost two relatives. and one heart or i was impressed by the strength she gained through catharsis. she looked into the camera and said in german i am stronger than i as a boy it's. that was very moving and when we came back a friend told us that the iraqi woman had become a different person but that i had also changed and i looked exhausted of course something like this changes. i'm very easygoing a very warm open is i still am but now i can't forget everything at night it all
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stays with me but it also drives my work forward the anger the grief the resilience everything i brought back from this these are the foundations of my work. this is also my task for society here for my homeland germany to report from hell to raise awareness about why it's so important to campaign for peace of mind and that's what is in. this is with people who came from the gulf and you've written a book about migration called germany is under threat but it sounds a bit like behalf day like what you mean something very different or and. i think criticized for writing a book with this title talking about values that. we have to defend but my response is why should we leave these questions to the rabble rousers and rightwing populists happens in the twenty's because i wrote that from the perspective of
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a religious minority in the one that had to look islam islam in the eye. but i also talk about angry twin and say that right wing extremists are doing the same as religious extremists extremists will do what is this book in twenty fifteen and it still holds true today on this one you can bet you didn't shy away from talking about fake refugees in the book or about islamic indoctrination. because you didn't want criticism of certain issues to be the sole domain of the far right. the first and i say quite clearly that i don't want to serve the right this plays no role. really this is a criticism that i have is this always a factor so i don't understand why we don't try to judge things according to healthy common sense without the self-censorship. mentioned. i also try to help my native german friends. i know that certain topics are to be for
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them it's really just them to point to get the. example. for example if someone talks about certain aspects of a subject they might be misinterpreted. and i think this is wrong because it means that we can be blackmailed into not. noticing that after talk shows i'm reduced to the cd who is a devil worshipper the germans to not say. the nazi it's too easy to just keep mum because we're scared of being criticized. because it's weird we have to be very open and honest when we approach certain questions that affect our lives together. and say that there are of course differences between refugees and that refugees are not a monolithic block that she's pregnant. or talk about the left wing liberals of yesteryear or do you mean because like the well that's exaggerated of course but in my book i talked about the angry twin on the religious extremism and right wing
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populism. maybe they should be a trip to the so to speak that would be the left wing liberal spectrum but there are differences there is well i don't like the way that migrants always reduce to the role of victim which is what actually happens in the ideology of multiculturalism. you know. there is a danger of relativism. i often have the impression and i'm not alone that people from my world who are also active in this area said that they do not receive enough support when they criticize the system or. i think it's very diplomatic this becomes an issue. that. they could criticize your own religion or religion i think that. i look critically at the years the religion which not everybody likes this person there are these
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eternal people of yesteryear everywhere my motto is stop the criticism at home they are already into a patriarchal culture is it in our culture of origin to have that cannot be denied . to you. you're on gross margins you're now a member of the christian democratic party and you ran for election in lower saxony and i'm not a. political scientist now i want to go into politics. and. my father. always said i would either become a journalist or a politician but what he meant was that i had to campaign for the whole. stock market it was in my genes to stick up for. my own family gaining freedom for my sisters and me. as women it's not part of the plan i'll say quite honestly with. this struggle within the family gave me so much strain that i want to use it for
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others. i'll do it for the christian democrats who i believe best represent my value as. my father wasn't happy since he's been a social democrat for over thirty five years. but he has to live with that properly even. in that when you want there are plenty of debate about restricting the numbers of refugees in your party. as the german army of kurdish origin or scots how many immigrants do you think germany can cope with before the suv for per quarter if i can get the list i don't know if that's the right question at the site i keep wondering though. i don't think that we can fix numbers in my conversations and lectures i keep hearing people say we want to know who's coming we want to know if they want to integrate into society and we want to have a say in this we don't want others to decide for rights we want to be integrated in the debate. if you want i can see a vision and maybe they are the real humans but it needs to be formulated and
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communicated that we have to talk to people solar plexus and then for me politics is not only about facts but also about how to get through to people what they're going to tackle we always conclude our interview with three in complete sentences that we ask you to finish regarding immigration policy what i expect from politicians is their lives relisten wouldn't. class and clarity their little religion and humanism really going to religious freedom means that it's for everybody for no man can expect anything you want to live in germany to. follow the basic law even if they don't respect it i have to get other words i know there's not using technology. in good shape. we talked to the experts on site in some hospitals dangerous pathogens lurk. there's
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a lot of fear in the hospital because of modern resistant bacteria. antibiotics are often powerless to combat them what kind of threat do these bacteria really pose how can they be stopped. the good should. they live to serve. the ocean is the same. the danger lurks under water we were surfing into waste and polluted water not only the witness but the. victims this is a few trouble for gastric trouble and so they became activists sufferers fighting against unseen pollution in the sea lightweight food. w. . germany state by state. the most colorful. the long list. the most
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