Category: Germany

‘My Way’ Is Helping Children with Autism in Armenia

‘My Way’ Is Helping Children with Autism in Armenia

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator YEREVAN — It was not the atmosphere we expected to find in a center for youngsters with autism: laughter rang out of one room where children were busily painting, while piano music sounded in another room, where two young lads were performing a duet. Playing from memory without […]

German Troops to Leave Incirlik

German Troops to Leave Incirlik

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — When Turkish government officials repeated to German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel their refusal to allow German parliamentarians unconditional access to their troops at Incirlik base, it was the proverbial straw that broke that suffering camel’s back. Gabriel had travelled to Ankara on June 5 in a last-ditch […]

Erdogan’s Referendum and Germany’s Dilemma

Erdogan’s Referendum and Germany’s Dilemma

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator FRANKFURT, Germany — Turkish citizens who went to the polls on April 16 were saying “yes” or “no” not only to a new constitution but to the future of relations with Europe. This was the interpretation offered at a public debate organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, a […]

Armenia’s Heart: Poems … and Nothing More

Armenia’s Heart: Poems … and Nothing More

Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator GYUMRI — Anyone who knows anything about Armenians is aware of the special role their language plays in their history and culture, and nowhere is this more obvious than in their rich poetical tradition. In Germany, this tradition is not unknown; in the 1970s and 1980s, through cooperation between […]

Turkey Bans German Parliamentarians from Visiting Incirlik

Turkey Bans German Parliamentarians from Visiting Incirlik

ISTANBUL (Public Radio of Armenia) — Turkey has prohibited several German members of parliament from visiting German soldiers stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik air base, people familiar with the matter told DPA on Monday, May 15. As a result, the German federal government is considering removing its soldiers from the base, according to information given to members of […]

Genocide Commemoration after Recognition in Germany

Genocide Commemoration after Recognition in Germany

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — Since the German Bundestag (Parliament) passed a resolution on the Armenian Genocide last year in June, the focus has shifted from the demand for recognition to other concerns; on the one hand, there has been further study of the role of Imperial Germany in the Genocide […]

Cloak and Dagger in German-Turkish Relations

Cloak and Dagger in German-Turkish Relations

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — The news that the Turkish intelligence agency MIT was not only spying on German citizens in their home country, but had requested help in this pursuit from the German intelligence service BND, signaled a new low-point in Berlin-Ankara relations. Relations had already been poisoned by wild […]

German Official Accuses Turkey of ‘Intolerable’ Spying

German Official Accuses Turkey of ‘Intolerable’ Spying

BERLIN (AFP) — A German state minister on Tuesday, March 28, accused Turkey of “unacceptable” spying on alleged followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for a failed coup attempt last year. “It is notable with what intensity and ruthlessness the people living abroad are being investigated,” said Boris Pistorius, […]