Monday, November 17, 2008

The Green party, one of Germany's main political parties, has elected the son of Turkish immigrants to its top political post, the first time any party here has chosen a leader with an immigrant background.

The election Saturday of Cem Ozdemir, 42, born in southern Germany of parents who had come from Turkey to work as "Gastarbeiter," or guest workers, during the 1960s, marks a major turning point not only for the opposition Greens, but also for the country as a whole.
Of course, unlike Obama, he's unlikely to ever head the country's executive, but at least we Europeans will have an answer when American's rightfully ask us "et tu?", when we accuse them -like we have been doing for so long- of being racist and of reluctantly voting a non-white to the, er, White House.