Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Euro Games Masking True Feelings?

Last month, Turkey and Germany played each other in the Euro 2008 Football Championship. Before the games began, however, there were some who worried about fans reactions and behaviors. An article from Berlin desribed the tensions that were leading up to the game. The author, Charles Hawley, goes on to explain the pride of the Turkish immigrants living in Germany. Most would not be upset if Germany won, since it is now their home, however the same can not necessarily be said for German fans. Examples include cars with Turkish flags in them getting their tires slashed by local germans. Is it possible that the two cultures aren't getting any closer? Germany has still been against Turkey joining the EU, so maybe there is something more than a friendly game of soccer would suggest. (The final score was Germany 3- 2 Turkey).


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