Many Iranians living in Germany greeted the prospect of Iran sealing a deal with the West, ending years of sanctions and international isolation, with joy, excitement and some fear, too.
Times have been tough for Iranians living in Germany – especially foreign exchange students. Sanctions meant many students on temporary visas had difficulties in getting access to cash. “Students weren’t allowed to open bank accounts here,” said Ehsan Djafari, the head of the Iranian-German community based in Berlin.
Banks in Germany including Deutsche Bank and Sparkasse closed down Iranian students’ accounts after November 2012 due to international sanctions and pressure on banks from their U.S.-based clients, according to press reports.