Erdogan tells EU to ‘mind own business’ in Turkey arrests

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday launched a stinging attack on the European Union over its criticism of police raids on opposition media, bluntly telling Brussels to “mind its own business”.

Turkey has come under fire at home and abroad over the lightning arrests on Sunday of over two dozen journalists, television producers and police linked to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen who has emerged as Erdogan’s arch-foe.

The European Union led the criticism with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn condemning the raids as “incompatible with the freedom of media”.

But Erdogan lashed out at the criticism and indicated that he did not care what impact the arrest would have on Turkey’s long-stalled membership bid to join the EU.

“The European Union cannot interfere in steps taken… within the rule of law against elements that threaten our national security,” Erdogan said in a televised speech in the western Turkish city of Izmit…

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  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Erdogan can mind his own business and stop petitioning for membership in the EU.
    Mind you, if Britain left the EU then I wouldn’t care what he does.

  • winniec

    Turkey now has the largest number of journalists under arrest. This will only make journalists and the people more determined.

    Yes, and independent journalists “threaten our national security”…right. This is a perfect example of fascism.

  • bob e

    i can’t wait for the krauts to come to their senses ..

  • Hard Little Machine

    And anyway, in the EU journalists are too busy fomenting Jew hate. Priorities people. priorities.