Germany: Turkey is 'further from European Union membership than ever'

  • Germany: Turkey is 'further from European Union membership than ever'

Germany: Turkey is 'further from European Union membership than ever'

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said he expected parliament to approve restoring capital punishment after the April 16 referendum on expanding his powers, a move that would end Ankara's bid to join the EU.

'His departure is a sign of the unacceptable intervention and intimidation from Turkey, ' CDA leader Sybrand Buma said in a reaction.

There is no difference between the social democrat and fascist parties in the Netherlands, said Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu Thursday, one day after Dutch polls saw the ruling center-right party hold off an extreme-right challenge and secure an apparent third term.

Gabriel said Germany should avoid reacting in kind to provocations from Turkey because that would only give Erdogan an enemy to direct his people's ire toward, arguing that the Turkish president "needs a bogeyman for his campaign".

Turkey reacted with indignation Sunday after Germany's intelligence chief said he was unconvinced by Turkish assertions that Erdogan's arch-foe, the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, was behind the failed coup in July.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said 15,000 refugees a month should be sent to Europe as a shock therapy.

More than one million migrants entered the European Union in 2015, many of them fleeing conflict and extreme poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

A number of high profile Dutch Turkish organisations, including the Turkse Federatie Nederland, Milli Görüs and Islamitische Stichting Nederland had said they would not take part, according to website DutchTurks.nl.

"Despite challenging circumstances, the first year of the EU-Turkey Statement has confirmed a steady delivery of tangible results", announced the factsheet. Political consultant Atilla Yesilada of Global Source Partners says the attacks on Europe are an attempt by Erdogan to consolidate nationalist and religious voters ahead of next month's referendum.

The controversial decision drew criticism from Turkish politicians.

"Is it the European Union or Turkey which is parting ways?" "What the people say, what the law says, that's what is important for us", he added. In January, Germany was the No. 1 export destination for Turkey, accounting for 10% of all Turkish exports.