Three children not enough, have five: Erdogan to Turks in EU

Mar 20, 2017, 00:38
Three children not enough, have five: Erdogan to Turks in EU

'His departure is a sign of the unacceptable intervention and intimidation from Turkey, ' CDA leader Sybrand Buma said in a reaction.

Turkey's membership in the EU seems nearly unrealistic given the degree of political bickering between Ankara and certain European capitals, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in a blunt statement.

Sigmar Gabriel described Erdogan's comments, including likening Germany's current leaders to Nazis, as "ludicrous" but said Europe should stop responding in a war of words which only plays into the Turkish leader's hands.

The Turkey-EU row has escalated notably after the Netherlands and Germany blocked Turkish ministers from holding rallies in their countries, ahead of the April 16 referendum which opponents fear will create a one-man rule in Turkey.

Turkish authorities have arrested more than 41,000 people and fired or suspended 100,000 since July, many of them teachers, police, magistrates or journalists.

Sweeping aside the EU's remarks, Turkey's European Union affairs minister and foreign minister earlier this week threatened to tear up the migration deal, accusing the European Union of reneging on its promise to grant visa exemption for Turkish citizens.

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Gulen, a former Erdogan ally who has lived in self-imposed exile in the USA since 1999, has denied the allegations. Critics say it would give him too much power.

The interior minister, Suleyman Soylu, went even further on Friday warning of opening the way "to send 15,000 migrants per day towards Europe".

"Migrants should not be used as a diplomatic weapon".

A number of high profile Dutch Turkish organisations, including the Turkse Federatie Nederland, Milli Görüs and Islamitische Stichting Nederland had said they would not take part, according to website DutchTurks.nl. Now, Turkey threatens to rip up the deal and flood Europe with thousands of refugees into the continent each month. However, senior EU officials have stated that Turkey is not delivering sufficiently on reforms to meet the terms of a migration deal that would allow Turks visa-free travel into the European Union, falling short specifically in the realm of appropriate terrorism legislation.

Turkey's foreign minister says U.S. Secretary of State RexTillerson is expected to visit the country on March 30. Formal EU accession talks began in 2005, but the process has been plagued by problems.

He added that Turkey has already begun taking retaliatory measures and that these would continue.