Turkey's Erdogan to review ties with “fascist" Europe

Mar 21, 2017, 8:38 AM EDT
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey can't be cowed down.
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In the wake of a diplomatic faceoff with the Netherlands, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday lashed out at Europe for its “fascist and cruel” policies, adding that Ankara will review its ties with the continent after an April referendum. Erdogan threatened that his country would no longer cooperate with the European countries in their “spying” missions on its soil.

Turkey, which seeks to join the European Union, locked horns with the bloc last week after its leaders were blocked from holding rallies among expatriate Turks in Germany and the Netherlands, writes The Australian.

Erdogan has earlier slammed the European leaders for triggering a clash between Christianity and Islam with discriminatory verdicts like the one which allows employers to ban headscarves, notes The Independent. The E.U., on the other hand, insists that Turkey should move away from its authoritarian regime and embrace European values.