Erdogan threatens the EU for hostile treatment of Turkish MPs
Days after he accused EU countries of using “Nazi methods” to ban Turkish ministers from addressing rallies in their countries, Erdogan vowed to “damage” the continent.
Speaking at an event for Turkish journalists in Ankara, the Turkish President said the countries cannot “pull and push Turkey around”.
Erdogan said: “Turkey is not a country you can pull and push around, not a country whose citizens you can drag on the ground.
"If Europe continues this way, no European in any part of the world can walk safely on the streets. Europe will be damaged by this. We, as Turkey, call on Europe to respect human rights and democracy.”
Although Turkish officials have been banned from campaigning in some EU countries, the Turkish prime minister has claimed, some Turkish ministers are still participating in events for expatriate Turks across Europe.
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Numan Kurtulmus said Turkey's row with European countries had helped Turks in Europe better understand the constitutional changes proposed in the referendum.
Yesterday, he went on to repeat Erdogan’s rhetoric saying the "footsteps of neo-Nazism and extreme racism" could be heard in Europe.
Germany, home to some 1.4 million Turks eligible to vote in the referendum, has been angered by the Nazi comparisons and Merkel has demanded that Ankara halt the rhetoric. Erdogan, however, has repeated the message in speech after speech.
EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans has also criticised the Nazi comments, which were also made against his homeland of the Netherlands.
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Turkey has recently been embroiled in a number of arguments with EU countries
He said: “President Erdogan's comments about Germany and the Netherlands are not allowed. We don't want to be compared to Nazis.”