The door to the tearoom opens in the Fatih Mosque in the Katernberg district of Essen. Some 20 pairs of eyes look up. One pair belongs to the Koran teacher, a 70-year-old matron who is sitting with her pupils around a brown table. All of them are wearing headscarves. And they’re all happy that a majority voted in favor of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the referendum.
“He keeps his eye on the welfare of Turkey; he’s improving democracy there,” says a 12-year-old, translating for her grandmother, who has accompanied her granddaughter but scarcely speaks German. After the Koran lesson, the girls repeat in friendly voices: “We all know that Erdogan does only good: Our parents voted for him.”