Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday the "spirit of fascism" was rampant on the streets of Europe, comparing the treatment of Muslims there to that of the Jews during World War II, the Times of Israel website reports today (March 16, 2017).
"The Jews were treated the same in the past," he said, referring to the persecution of Jews under Nazi Germany, which carried out a systematic plan to annihilate Europe's Jews in the Holocaust.
"Turkophobia is mounting. Islamophobia is mounting. They are even scared of migrants who take shelter," Erdogan said.
Turkey and the European Union (EU) are going through their most explosive crisis after key EU members The Netherlands and Germany blocked Turkish ministers from holding rallies to back constitutional changes with a referendum on April 16 that, if approved, would greatly increase Erdogan's powers.