(Istanbul) Istanbul Lisesi, is a German funded high school founded more than a century ago, it employs around 35 German teachers. Each December, the school has a small celebration for Christmas and teaches pupils about the holiday. One week after the school's choir was prevented from singing at the German consulate in Istanbul, the school on orders from the Islamist Turkish government has cancelled any form of Christmas festivities including even mentioning Christmas at all.
"Die Welt", depicted Erdogan as the fiendish Grinch as stealing Christmas.
The move has been seen by German politicians as part of a larger change under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan away from secularism across Turkey towards Islamic sharia law .