Because I have family connections to Germany, I always follow events there very closely. And one event on my radar screen has been the controversy surrounding Arsenal football star Mesut Özil, who has retired from international football after receiving racially-charged criticism leading up to and following the World Cup this year. I see the Özil controversy as yet another sign of xenophobia and nativism that is rising everywhere in Europe and the US at the moment. I have some comments below.
The Erdoğan picture
Let's start here:
Source: The Guardian
These picture from May are what started the whole thing. German fans were particularly incensed because in a message written on his Manchester City shirt, Gündogan called Turkish president Erdoğan "my president".
Here's what the Guardian...
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Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over twenty five years of business experience. He has also been a regular economic and financial commentator in print and on television for the past decade. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.