Mesut Ozil’s decision sparks debate on identity in Germany

A recent survey suggests 61% of German Turks feel more Turkish than they do German. It raises questions about integration, identity and belonging, but it also shows a deepening divide within Turkish society in Germany.

Footballer Mesut Ozil’s recent decision to quit the German national team citing racism is still dominating headlines in Germany.

The German-born Turk’s statements have led to a nationwide debate on identity.

TRT World‘s Assed Baig reports that for many German-Turks. their sense of belonging is an issue.

Read the original article published in TRT World on 28 July 2018

Mesut Ozil Quits: German footballer with Turkish roots quits over racism

Mesut Ozil’s shock resignation from the German football team – citing racism – has triggered both praise and criticism. But it’s also got people talking about inclusivity in sport. Assed Baig hit the streets of Berlin to find out what people are saying. Assed Baig went to Berlin to report on the politics of race, in a sport that’s gotten ugly.

Read the original article published in TRT World on 25 July 2018