Can Merey was born in 1972 in Frankfurt am Main to a Turkish father and a German mother. He spent some of his school years in Teheran, Singapore, and Cairo. Having studied social work, he first worked in this field in Aachen. Can joined the German Press Agency dpa in 1999. After a traineeship he worked as political correspondent in Berlin. 2003-2013, Can was dpa's South Asia Bureau Chief in Delhi, covering mostly Afghanistan. In 2013, he moved to Istanbul and became dpa's Middle East Bureau Chief. Since July 2018, he is dpa's North America Bureau Chief, based in Washington, D.C.. Can is the author of the book "The Afghan Plight - Why the West is on the Verge of Failing at the Hindukush", (Wiley, 2008). This spring, the German publishing house Blessing - published his book "The Eternal Guest - How my Turkish Father Tried to Become German".
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