Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that Turkey’s full membership in the European Union (EU) will cure the block of its ‘chronic problems.’
Speaking at an event in Capital Ankara, Erdogan said, “A Europe without Turkey is only going to face isolation, desperation and civil strife. Turkey does not need Europe. Europe is the one that is in need.”
Turkey applied to join the EU bloc in 1987. The EU-Turkey talks on the accession process began in 2005. But they failed to reach an agreement on several occassions.
Recently, the bilateral relations between the European Union and Turkey escalated into a war of words.
After certain EU countries’ criticism of Erdogan government following the failed Turkish military coup attempt, Turkish government accused the European Union of supporting ‘terrorism.’
The EU leaders, on the other hand, condemned the human rights conditions and the erosion of democratic institutions in Turkey.
A Europe without Turkey is only going to face isolation, desperation and civil strife. Turkey does not need Europe. Europe is the one that is in need. — Turkish President Erdogan
Turkey’s relations with Germany have been going through its worst phase in recent times.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told before the last elections that “Turkey should not become a member of the EU.”
The German Chancellor, however, later said before the EU summit on October 18, “We will certainly not take any decision, but I would like to listen to the views of my colleagues on bilateral relations with Turkey.”
Now the Turkish President Erdogan, in his usual outspoken fashion, alleged on Monday that xenophobia and Neo-Nazis were on the rise in Europe and it needs Turkey to cure itself.
“A Europe where xenophobia is on the rise and Neo-Nazi parties are so strong that they are coalition partners is going towards its doom… A Europe killing its principles with its own hands would have a dark future.”
The Turkish leader urged EU leaders for having ‘common sense’ to repair the bilateral issues.
“Though they do not want to see it, Turkey and its full membership is the cure for their chronic problems.”