A Turkish-European lobbying group has publicly criticized Wolfgang Kubicki, vice president of the German parliament after Kubicki made disparaging remarks about Turkish President Erdogan. According to a report by Turkish state broadcaster TRT:
September 30, 2022 The Union of International Democrats (UID) has sharply criticized FDP politician Wolfgang Kubicki for his recent highly controversial speech. “With these insulting statements, Kubicki has first of all damaged his own dignity and personality, but moreover also the respectability of his party and the parliament he represents,” said a statement by the organization on Thursday. The FDP politician had most recently insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during an election campaign appearance. Kubicki’s remarks were heavily criticized on social media and by many other politicians. According to UID, Kubicki’s controversial speech inflicted “great damage” on German politics. They also revealed “his personal political and moral level.” The politician was called upon to apologize to Turks. (Translated by deepl.com)
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Kubicki had called Erdogan a “little sewer rat” during an election campaign appearance in Hildesheim. According to media reports, Erdogan filed a criminal complaint for defamation against Kubicki. As in the past, Erdogan is represented by Cologne lawyer Mustafa Kaplan.
The Union of International Democrats (UID) (formerly known as the Union of European Turkish Democrats) describes itself as a voluntary NGO founded in 2004 that operates in several European countries. Its aims include increasing the economic, political, and social activities of Turks and “sister communities” abroad without alienating their identities and values, as well as combatting Islamophobia. German media has described it as a lobbying group for President Erdoğan and his AKP that emphasizes Turkish values and customs. The German Office for the Protection of the Constitution monitors the UID, describing it as “nationalist” and incompatible with Germany’s free democratic order.