Warning that Turkey has to be approached with "caution" and cannot be treated like a European nation, Czech President Milos Zeman said he does not like the idea that Turkey could be considered for membership in the European Union (EU), the PJ Media website reports today (December 13, 2015).
Zeman lashed out at the EU -- in which the Czech Republic holds membership -- for promising to pay Turkey $3.2 billion in aid in exchange for preventing Syrian refugees from traveling to Europe.
"The Roman Empire, before it collapsed, too, paid tribute money to barbarians [for them not to pilfer its territory]." he said, adding that although Barbarian Turkey is a NATO member, it often acts as an ally of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Zeman then explained that Turkey can take care of the Syrian refugees because they -- like the vast majority of Turks -- are Muslims. On the other hand, transferring Muslim culture to Europe, he said, presents a serious danger.