Erdogan tells Turks in EU to 'have five children'
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on his country's citizens in Europe to step up their rates of procreation and have five children each, saying a booming Turkish population would be the best answer to the EU's "vulgarism, antagonism and injustice".
Nearly a week after a diplomatic row erupted between the Netherlands and Turkey, Mr Erdogan continued what has become a daily ritual of mounting fresh attacks on Europe.
Speaking in the central city of Eskisehir, Turkey's president, who is in the middle of a referendum campaign, urged "his brothers and sisters in Europe" to begin a baby boom. "Have not just three but five children," he told his audience. "The place in which you are living and working is now your homeland and new motherland. Stake a claim to it. Open more businesses, enrol your children in better schools, make your family live in better neighbour-hoods, drive the best cars."
The message was addressed to the 1.4 million Turkish voters who live in Germany, as well as the large Turkish populations in the Netherlands and Britain. (© Daily Telegraph London)