“Shut up and govern!” The political education of Aygün Özkan

Aygül Özkan

TURKS ARE KNOWN THE world over for their spicy meat and vegetable dishes. But this week in Germany, a young politician of Turkish extraction called Aygül Özkan is learning to relish a new recipe: crow with sauerkraut and dumplings.

Özkan (38) rocketed to global prominence last week when Lower Saxony’s Christian Democratic minister president Christian Wulff nominated her to become Germany’s first female Muslim government minister (I already wrote about Özkan in this space yesterday). She was to take over the state’s department of social affairs, including the tricky integration desk, where it was hoped that this principled and enlightened lawyer and mother of one would represent a progressive role model to female Muslims in Germany. However, Özkan immediately brought conservative hellfire upon her head…



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