Monday 18 November 2019

Turkish President says he'll continue making "Nazi remnants, fascists" remarks to EU

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

Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Tuesday to continue calling European countries "Nazi remnants and fascists" if they maintain their "current attitude against Turkey", despite repeated condemnation from European capitals.

"They don't let my ministers make speeches in Europe...

"Once the referendum on April 16 is over, we will consider, everything has a price," Erdogan told a referendum rally in the western city of Zonguldak.

Erdogan has repeatedly lashed out at European countries including Germany in campaigning for the referendum, accusing them of "Nazi-like" tactics for banning his ministers from speaking to rallies of Turkish voters abroad.

Angela Merkel. Photo: Reuters
Angela Merkel. Photo: Reuters

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This comes after German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned President Erdogan accusing her of "commiting Nazi practices."

Mrs Merkel said last monthr: "My comment that the Nazi comparisons on Turkey's part must end is valid without ifs or buts.

"Unfortunately, we see that these comparisons have not ceased, and we are not going to allow ... every taboo to be broken with no regard to the suffering of those who were persecuted and murdered under Nazism."

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