Germany denies sharp rise in anti-Turk attacks
Germany on Wednesday denied that there has been a notable rise in attacks on members of the country's 2.5-million-strong Turkish minority, after Ankara urged Berlin to take action.
"Attacks on people because of their ethnic origin or religion are attacks on the basic values in the German constitution. The government deals decisively with such attacks and all forms of racism," the interior ministry said.
"We suspect ... that the number of specific 'anti-Islamic' or 'anti-Turkish' crimes is considerably lower than made out by Muslim groups and Turkish authorities," a spokesman said.
Turkey's foreign ministry had said Tuesday that the number of attacks in Germany had risen in recent months, slamming politicians and media for "negative and prejudiced" attitudes towards immigrants.
© 2011 AFP