The Belgian federal secretary of state for equal opportunities, Zuhal Demir, publicly criticised the practice of teachers being paid by the Turkish government for giving extracurricular Turkish-language lessons in schools in Ghent.

Demir, who hails from the Flemish nationalist the New Flemish Alliance is herself of Kurdish-Turkish origin but described the lessons as “subsidised anti-integration”. Demir received widespread criticism for stating that the Flemish Christian Party CD&V is th...

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