German-Turkish politician receives death threats ahead of EP elections

A German-Turkish politician leading the pro-immigration Alliance for Innovation and Justice (BIG), said he has received Islamophobic letters and death threats in the run-up to European Parliament (EP) elections, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Haluk Yıldız, who is a European Parliament candidate in the May 26 elections, said the anonymous letters included xenophobic insults and threats.

“In one of the letters they were saying that we have crossed the line. They were claiming that it is only Germans who have a say in this country,” Anadolu quoted Yıldız as saying,

The politician told Anadolu that he took the threats very seriously due to increased neo-Nazi violence in recent years.

The leading candidate of BIG, a small party founded in 2010 by a group of migrants in Germany, Yıldız, is looking to win a seat at the European Parliament, the chief legislative body of the EU, for the first time.