Merkel falls under criticism after her comments about those with Turkish origins
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was criticized by opposed politicians when asked people with a Turkish background who live in Germany to show "loyalty to our country".
On Tuesday Passauer Neuen Presse newspaper published an interview with Merkel, where she said: "We expect those with a Turkish background who have lived in Germany for a long time to develop a high degree of loyalty to our country."
Merkel said that in exchange Germany was trying to be open to their concerns and to understand them.
The tension is increasing as last week German media reported that there is a network of 6,000 informants in Germany for Turkish government's MIT intelligence.
Aydan Ozugus, German integration commissioner and also a member of the Social Democrats, criticized Merkel’s words in with newspaper chain Funke Mediengrupp. She said a clear majority of those with a Turkish background "felt allegiance to our country"
and should not be assumed to have conflicting loyalties.
Volker Beck, migration spokesman for the Green party, told that such questioning of the loyalty of citizens could be seen only in authoritarian regimes.