EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. AA photo
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Dec. 15 she was “surprised” after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lashed out at Brussels for criticizing mass detentions targeting media.
“I’ve seen the reaction from President Erdoğan and I’m very surprised,” said Mogherini, pointing out that Erdoğan’s call for the EU to “mind its own business” came just a week after she visited Turkey for talks with him.
Mogherini said she and her EU colleagues had then had “very constructive” talks with Erdoğan and both sides had understood there was a “chance for a new start” with a new executive in Brussels and a new government in Ankara.
Members of the government, she said, even pointed out that Turkish efforts to join the EU were not so much about economic interests but about the values of democracy and the rule of law.
“I believe it is in the Turkish interest to be consistent with this commitment,” she added.
“There is this will to work on this new start otherwise we would not have paid this visit. The idea was and still is that of working in a consistent and coherent way on the EU accession,” Mogherini said…
She is the new EU foreign chief but she does not read the news. Even readers of this blog would have known that Erdoğan’s outburst was completely predictable.
Why was she appointed? Seems to be an idiot, if I may say so. Bodes ill for the EU. They believe every bit of their own propaganda — in this case that Turkey is very anxious to join the EU. Some Turks may want to, but if Erdoğan does he acting very strangely.