“When I’m here in Germany I feel Turkish,” says Volkan Sarica. “But when I go to Turkey, I feel German.”
On the street, kebab restaurants rub shoulders with German pubs. The supermarkets and barber shops could have come straight out of Anatolia, but for the heavy Germanic architecture all around them. The signs in the car park are a mix of German, Turkish and Arabic. Some of the women are wearing headscarves, others are in miniskirts.
This is Little Istanbul, the heart of Berlin’s Turkish community, and the 25-year-old Mr Sarica, a waiter in one of the restaurants, has just articulated the crisis of identity currently gripping Germany’s four million-strong Turkish minority.
In the wake of Mesut…
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