Monday 19 February 2018

Erdogan tells Turks in EU to 'have five children'

Turkey’s President Erdogan. Photo: Reuters
Turkey’s President Erdogan. Photo: Reuters

Raf Sanchez Eskisehir

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)

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