Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Turkey's Erdogan Threatens Europeans' Safety; Won't Be Safe on Streets If Not Nice to Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said today (March 22, 2017) that Europeans would not be able to walk safely on the streets if they kept up their current attitude toward Turkey, according to the Reuters website.

Turkey has been embroiled in a dispute with Germany and the Netherlands over campaign appearances by Turkish officials seeking to drum up support for an April 16 referendum that would boost Erdogan's powers to those of an autocratic ruler, if approved.

Ankara has accused the European allies of using "Nazi methods" by banning Turkish ministers from addressing rallies in Europe over security concerns.

"Turkey is not a country you can pull and push around, not a country whose citizens you can drag on the ground," Erdogan said at an event for Turkish journalists in Ankara, in comments broadcast live on national television.

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