Union of International Democrats
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 places an emphasis on 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.