German university planned in Istanbul

German FM: Project "is about making a long-term contribution to understanding between cultures."

By
September 30, 2006 17:06
1 minute read.

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Germany and Turkey plan to establish a German-language university in Istanbul to help foster dialogue between the West and the Muslim world, Germany's foreign minister said in remarks published Saturday. "The Turkish side is very interested in this and Germany is ready to help realize this interesting project," Frank-Walter Steinmeier was quoted as saying in an interview with the Welt newspaper. "It is about making a long-term contribution to understanding between cultures," Steinmeier said. It was unclear when work might begin on the university or when it might open. The announcement came after Turkish leaders were among the sharpest critics of German-born Pope Benedict XVI for recent remarks about Islam, and days before German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Turkey. Merkel is to meet with religious leaders in Istanbul as well as Turkey's President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a two-day trip starting Thursday. In September, Steinmeier and his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul, launched a joint cultural project in Istanbul devoted to increasing understanding between Christians and Muslims. The initiative is to explore ways to ease the integration of Muslim immigrants into Western societies. It will also aim to increase the number of educational exchange programs, examine school curricula and train religious leaders. Germany and Turkey have close historical ties, and some 2 million Turkish immigrants live in Germany. Turkey, which is a 99 percent Muslim country and a candidate for EU membership, sees itself as a key player in improving intercultural and interfaith relations.

Related Content

U.S. President Donald Trump receives a football from Russian President Vladimir Putin
July 20, 2018
Trump invites Putin to Washington despite U.S. uproar over Helsinki summit

By REUTERS