While Angela Merkel is visiting Turkey, a debate about DITIB is breaking out in Germany - the Turkish-Islamic association of the Institute for Religion e.V. controls around 900 mosques in Germany. In response to an inquiry from the "Welt am Sonntag", DITIB said it had currently sent around 978 imams to Germany, who normally remain here for five years each.
The Authority for Religious Matters at the Turkish President's office in Ankara, which also controls DITIB, has around 6.4 billion lira (around 1.8 billion euros) in this budget year. With this it builds and maintains mosques and currently has 120,000 employees. In 2004 it was 72,000, already 83,000 by 2008. Since 2008 its budget items in euros have almost doubled, in Lira even tripled.
... German politicians are increasingly critical of this practice of sending imams to Germany from Turkey, where they have been trained and who often do not speak German. The Green Party leader Cem Özdemir told the "Welt am Sonntag" that although in there were "many committed community members" in DITIB mosques and often "great work" is done, the association itself "is nothing less than the extended arm of the Turkish state. Instead of becoming a real religious community, the Turkish government was making DITIB into a campaigning organisation for the AKP [the ruling political party in Turkey] in Germany," warns Özdemir and demands: "Turkey must finally let Muslims go."
The mayor of Berlin-Neukölln, Franziska Giffey (SPD), told the "Welt am Sonntag" that she is critical "when mosque associations are controlled from abroad and imams preach there that have been educated according to German values and did not grow up here." Imams had "a exemplary function" and had "great influence on young people in particular." DITIB is "controlled from Turkey and conveys the Turkish understanding of politics - not that of our country."Source