Tension between the EU and Turkey keeps escalating

On Tuesday 21 March, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the European Union "fascist and cruel" in the continuation of his criticism of Europe. He also suggested that after the planned April referendum, that is to be monitored by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Turkey might reconsider its relations with the EU. On the following day, 22 March, he warned that if the EU's behaviour persists, Europeans will not be safe.

Relations between the EU and Turkey started to escalate following the conflicts between Turkey, the Netherlands and Germany. The two European countries prohibited Turkish politicians from organizing rallies in support of the April referendum that could bring Turkey closer to the presidential system and subsequently expand Erdoğan's powers. Following the ban, the Netherlands and Germany were accusted by Turkey of "nazi practices", which was denounced by prominent European politicians. Subsequently, Germany joined in the criticism and German representatives stated that Erdoğan's government is no longer welcome in Germany. In relation to the escalation, Turkey threatened to declare void the migration agreement. Erdoğan is not toning down his rhetoric which is perceived as a strategy of creating an external enemy before the April referendum.

About author: Tomáš Krajňák

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