The Kurdish people are an ethnic Group inhabiting an area across parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria.
According to various estimates around 30 Million Kurds live worldwide, a majority of them in Turkey. Recent emigration took over a Million to Western countries. Around 700,000 of them live in Germany.
Germans have been supporting Kurdish militias on the ground in their fight against IS. The opposition politician who requested the official numbers has blasted the government for how it has treated these fighters.
Turkey is gearing up for a crucial vote - a referendum on whether to change its constitution. If the vote is yes, it will place more power in the hands of the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Despite the continuation of decades of conflict between Kurds and the Turkish state under Erdogan, DW's Natalie Carney found plenty of Kurdish people who'll be voting “Yes” later this month.
In this weeks edition we hear how the attack in Syria this week pushed European donors to pledge more money+++A war of words over Gibraltar between the UK and Spain+++Why President Erdogan is courting the Kurds in Turkey+++And why do babies cry more in the UK and Italy than in Germany and Denmark?
Deniz Naki has been given a suspended 18-month jail sentence in Turkey for criticizing the government's operations against Kurdish militants. The former St Pauli player had been acquitted by the same court in November.
Turks living in Germany are already voting in the April 16th referendum which proposes changing Turkey's constitution to increase President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers. About 1.4 million are eligible to vote. The poll takes place amid strained ties between Turkey and Europe and there have been protests by Kurds and other opponents of Erdogan in Germany. DW's Seda Sezer Bilen discusses the mood.