Electoral campaign in foreign countries

Sometimes, it is not easy to understand foreign politicians. Why do they never think about conducting their electoral campaigns internationally? It seems they havenand’t noticed that Turkish politicians are capable of pursuing their campaigns both in their county and abroad.
I wonder, for example, why US presidential candidates donand’t travel to Mexico, Canada or Australia to address American citizens living in those countries. Iand’m sure the authorities in those countries would be only too happy to arrange for them a stadium to give their speeches. Similarly, French politicians could visit their citizens living in Tunisia, Vietnam or Ivory Coast British ones could go to Cyprus, or Germans could come to deliver a speech in Turkeyand’s Mediterranean cities. If they worry about the travel expenses, European leaders could at least travel to neighboring countries it mustnand’t be hard for their team to arrange an opening ceremony or to organize a celebration for the anniversary of a historic event. One can find many excuses if one wants to disseminate propaganda.
We all know that in Alanya, for example, there is a significant German community. Most of them are retirees who have bought a house there to spend the rest of their lives under the sun of the Mediterranean coast. Why does German Chancellor Angela Merkel never think about addressing them directly, asking the local authorities to show her an open-air venue to deliver a speech? To announce her arrival, the Christian Democrats could arrange a convoy with buses that play German songs and repeat her slogans loudly. Finally, when the day comes, German citizens living in Alanya and in neighboring towns could gather in the designated square with German flags in their hands. Wouldnand’t it be interesting if Merkel delivered a strong speech in German, with an angry tone towards her rivals but also toward a number of foreign countries, including Turkey?
One wonders why she doesnand’t do that, because it could allow Germans who live abroad to feel better connected with their country. It is, of course, hard to guess how Turkish people would react to that. Some people would probably say that Germany is progressively taking hold of Turkeyand’s southwestern coast there could also be people who shout and”Hans go home!and” Some radical groups could even attack those who walk in the city streets with German flags in their hands and who shout slogans in German. I canand’t even imagine what would happen if US President Barack Obama was to visit a Turkish city for the same purpose.
All this may seem imaginary, but Turkish politicians are doing exactly this in European countries. They travel to Germany and meet with Turkish people who live there. These gather in city squares with Turkish flags and pictures of their preferred Turkish politician. Usually, German authorities donand’t complain much about this in public, maybe because they believe these gatherings are part of freedom of expression. Turkish politicians donand’t travel all around the world to visit all Turkish communities, of course they only go to where they can.
One could say these international campaigns are not that meaningless because Turks who live abroad can vote in Turkish elections. The point, however, is that only a small minority of these Turks vote, because they have many reasons not to be too much interested in Turkeyand’s elections. The main reason is probably that they are more concerned about the future of the country where they and their children live.
An ordinary person who has lived in Germany for decades and has his job or house there will naturally not feel very involved with daily political bickering in Turkey. I donand’t know why Turkish politicians are persuaded that these Turks will remain interested in Turkish politics as if they had never left the country. As a matter of fact, they donand’t even think why all these people had to leave Turkey and have settled in a foreign country.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman