[Ed. – Millions of Europeans see this as the overt, and inappropriate, mixing of geopolitics and religion. If European leaders operated according to their own principles, they would see it that way too. By sitting still for it, European leaders get the “benefit” of having the not-always-cold war of Erdogan against Fetulleh Gulen waged inside their borders.]
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan finished his three-day visit to Germany by opening the country’s largest mosque in Cologne.
Police snipers stationed on rooftops were part of a security lockdown to keep both supporters and protesters away from the opening ceremony. The area was cordoned off after the city authorities cancelled plans for up to 25,000 people to attend the opening of the Central Mosque.
“We will continue to protect our citizens regardless of wherever they are,” said Erdogan, “We will not allow a group of incompetent FETO (members of US-based cleric Fetullah Gulen’s network) and PKK sympathisers to unsettle our citizens and damage Turkish-German friendship.”
The building of the mosque was funded by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB) an Islamic religious orgnaisation with close ties to Turkey.