Why Germany’s immigrants fly the flag for their adopted country

Ibrahim Bassal with his German flag

With Germany fielding its most ethnically mixed World Cup side on record, the country’s immigrant Turkish and Arab population is showing unprecedented support for the national 11 by flying Germany’s red, black and gold flags from cars, restaurants and businesses.

But while the display of patriotic fervour has been welcomed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government as a sign of long-awaited “positive integration”, it has infuriated Germany’s radical leftwing anarchist scene which has begun a war against flag-flying immigrants.


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