Erdogan tells Europe to stop criticizing Turkey

Turks protesting Internet censorship, February, 2014. Source.

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan slammed European countries on Friday for criticizing deteriorating press freedom in Turkey and said they should instead try to find a solution for what he said was increasing Islamophobia in the continent.

Turkish police earlier this month raided media outlets close to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan accuses of forming a ‘parallel state’ to undermine his rule and orchestrating a graft scandal targeting his inner circle.

The European Union, which Turkey has been seeking to join for decades, said the media raids ran counter to European values, a criticism already dismissed by Erdogan. On Friday, the President repeated his discontent, with a visibly harsher tone.

“We are not Europe’s scapegoat,” Erdogan told a symposium of civil servants. “We are definitely not a country that Europe can point its finger at and scold. Instead of criticizing us, Europe should find a solution to increasing racism and Islamophobia”…

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  • Martin Luffa
    • Maggat

      Well that settles it, if the Turks get a nuclear warhead we’re finished.

  • mobuyus

    I’ll say it again erdogon is nuttier than a peanut farm shit-house.

    • scooby2

      Even nuttier than Dhimmi Carter’s peanut farm shithouse.

    • Frau Katze

      He is really losing it.

      • winniec

        When will the Turks ‘lose it’ and give him a shove?

        • Frau Katze

          He won the election by a fairly small majority and has been harsh with protesters.

  • BillyHW

    Shut up and give us your money while we replace you!

  • WalterBannon

    I agree, stop talking about them and start nuking them instead.

  • winniec

    Erdogan playing the ‘racist’ card?
    Recently, Erdogan recently mocking a Kurdish politician, saying he thought he was a white man!
    Maybe Sony will make a film about Erdogan next.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    ” Turkey has ‘world’s freest press,’ Erdogan claims”
    If by “freest” one means “most journalists in jail.”