Sultan of Turkey and de-facto President of the European Union, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has refused to reform his country’s anti-terror laws so as to fall in line with EU standards.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Ankara on Tuesday…
“European countries continue to be safe havens for the political extensions of terrorist groups. When this is the case, it’s a piece of black comedy that the EU criticizes our country over the definition of terrorism.”
Black comedy, indeed, as the EU pays billions to Erdogan to stem the flow of refugees into the continent…refugees that Erdogan is manufacturing as he supplies weapons and finances to ISIL and Al Nusra (aka Al Qaeda) in Turkey’s never ending quest to dismantle Syria.
RT has more on Erdogan’s latest tirade. We wonder how many hours will pass before Germany’s Angela Merkel apoligizes to Erdogan for the EU’s current terrorist laws, and pledges another three billion Euros in EU funds to Turkey.
Turkey continues to hold the EU hostage over the migrant crisis, as the country ultimately aims to join the bloc. Meanwhile, it has been pursuing visa-free travel negotiations. Last week Brussels urged Ankara to amend its terrorism laws in line with EU standards. Erdogan refused.
In his speech Tuesday he [Recep Tayyip Erdogan] reiterated his country’s stance, claiming that it is Europe which should be amending its laws.
“First of all, we expect EU countries to fix their own laws that support terrorism,” Erdogan said, calling on EU to first answer why it allowed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) activists to set up tents in front of the European Parliament in March.
The present anti-terrorism laws allow Turkey to press terrorism charges against critical journalists and academics. Erdogan stressed that even without visa liberalization, Turkey would take its own path.
“There is no need to make big deal of it,” he said, adding that Turkey needs to “stand upright” and not “lie down”.
The Turkish president also took his time to remind Europeans that Turkey is vociferously fighting the migrant crisis. According Erdogan his country has spent way more on refugees than the EU-Turkey deal envisioned, when EU leaders agreed on a €6 billion ($6.8 billion) aid package to help Turkey care for millions of refugees hosted in the country.
Erdogan said that some 3 million Syrian refugees has cost his country $10 billion, adding that the total costs had surpassed $20 billion, if factoring in contributions from NGOs.
“What did they say? ‘We are going to give you €3 billion annually.’ So, did they give any money so far? No!” Erdogan said. “We have established container towns, we have set up tent cities; they are still telling us ‘send us projects, we will send you money’.”