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Majority of German Turks don't trust gov't on NSU murders.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- A recent survey conducted by Endax, a Turkish public opinion research company based in Germany, has revealed that more than half of Turkish people residing in Germany do not believe the federal government has a strong political will to clarify the circumstances surrounding the racist National Socialist Underground (NSU) murders targeting Turks in the country.

Endax used a rating scale questionnaire titled "Clarification of NSU Murders" in which 722 respondents answered questions by providing their opinion on a numerical scale of 1 to 6 (1 being very strong and 6 being very weak). The survey was conducted online between May 23 and July 24. According to the results, most Turks in Germany are not very optimistic that that the NSU murders will be completely explained.

Eight Turkish citizens, one Greek citizen and one German police officer were killed in Germany between 2000 and 2007 in murders that came to be known as the "dE[micro]ner murders," which remained unsolved until 2011, when a terrorist neo-Nazi ring was accidentally discovered to apparently be behind the killings. The case was a scandal in Germany because the investigation also revealed possible links between Germany's federal intelligence service and the neo-Nazi gang. NSU member Beate ZschEnpe and four alleged supporters of the NSU terrorist group stand accused of the 10 murders at the Higher State Court of Munich in a trial that began on May 6.

When asked, "How strong, do you believe, is the political will of the current federal government to clarify the NSU murders?" the majority have low confidence that the German government will explain the NSU murders. Twenty-two percent of the participants surveyed gave it the lowest rating of a 6, or very weak and only 2.2 percent rated it very strong. Among the responses, 32 percent rated the government's political will as weak, 22.9 percent gave it a 4, which correlates to somewhat weak, 16.1 percent said they thought it was somewhat strong and 4.8 percent rated it a 2, indicating a belief that it there is strong political will in the government. The survey results show that in comparison to other demographic groups, the under-25 -year-olds appear to be, on average, more optimistic concerning the political will of the federal government. The other groupings of respondents used for comparison are male, female and "highly qualified migrants (HoMi)" who have at least a master's degree.

German Turks doubt fairness of NSU trial

When asked how strongly they are convinced that the Higher State Court of Munich will provide a fair trial for the NSU murders, more than half of German Turks responded they are not convinced that the trial will be fair. Of the respondents, 15.5 percent said they have very weak belief, while 1.4 percent gave it a rating of 1, or very strong. A full 25.3 percent of the participants indicated weak belief, 25.8 percent said somewhat weak, 23.3 percent rated their confidence as somewhat strong and 8.7 percent said it was strong. The group of under-25-year-olds was, again, on average more optimistic than the other groups in their responses to this question.

In response to a question asking how strongly they are convinced that the investigatory committee of the federal government will contribute to the clarification of the NSU murders and the role of the security authorities in the murders, only 1.4 percent of respondents rated their feeling as very strong, while 11.6 percent rated it very weak. Another 26.7 percent evaluated their confidence as weak, 28.3 percent said somewhat weak, 24.1 percent rated it as somewhat strong and 7.9 percent rated it strong.

According to the survey data, a vast majority -- more than 80 percent of Turkish immigrants in Germany -- said they are not convinced that the circumstances of the NSU murders will be completely clarified at the end of the trial. In comparison to the other demographic groups, the highly qualified migrants are on average the most pessimistic group. In response to the question of how strongly they are convinced that the NSU murders will be completely clarified, 36.4 percent of respondents rated their belief as a 6, or very weak, while only 1.1 percent rated very strong. Of the other participants, 27.1 percent gave their confidence a weak rating, 20.4 percent rated it somewhat weak, 10.9 percent said it was somewhat strong and 4 percent said strong.

With respect to the attitude of German media toward the NSU murders, the questionnaire responses reveal that in the opinion of more than half of the participants, the German media will only be moderately correct in covering the NSU murders. In response to the question how strongly they are convinced that German media will cover the NSU murders "most correct," only 4.0 percent said they believe the coverage will be very correct, while 14.6 percent anticipated that it will be not correct at all. Somewhat less than a third of participants, 29.5 percent, selected a response of not correct; 21.7 percent rated it as being somewhat incorrect; 21.1 percent expect that it will be somewhat correct and 9.1 percent said correct.

As to the attitude of Turkish media toward the NSU murders, almost three- quarters of the respondents are convinced that the Turkish media will cover the NSU murders "most correctly." Of the respondents, 44.4 percent rated said very correctly, 30.5 percent said correctly, 14.8 percent rated it as somewhat correctly, 5.4 percent said somewhat incorrectly, 2.6 percent said incorrectly while 2.4 percent rated it as very incorrectly.

When asked about how strong they assess the political pressure to be that will be imposed by German nongovernmental organizations for the clarification of the NSU murders, only 2.6 percent rated it as very strong while 9.7 percent rated it very weak. For 19.8 percent of respondents it is thought to be weak, for 27.8 it is somewhat weak, while 28.1 percent rated it as somewhat strong and another 11.9 percent rated it as strong.

When asked how much they agree or disagree with the following statement, "I feel personally consternated by the NSU murders," a vast majority of 64.5 percent fully to strongly agree with the statement. Thirty-six percent said they very strongly agree while 3.2 said they very strongly disagree. Another 28.5 percent said they agree, 18.4 said they partly agree, 8.4 percent said they partly disagree while 5.4 said they disagree.

The survey also reveals that almost two-thirds of the respondents in the sample feel safe in Germany: 7.1 percent said they feel very safe, 29.5 percent said they feel safe, 31.2 percent said they partly feel safe, 19.5 percent said they partly feel unsafe, 9.4 percent said they feel unsafe and only 3.3 percent said they feel very unsafe.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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