ANKARA, Sept. 8– Turkish president on Wednesday compared anti-Turkey statements by German politicians to “Nazism” after Germany seeks to end Ankara’s EU accession talks, local media reported.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday compared anti-Turkey statements by German politicians to “Nazism” after Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would seek to end talks on Ankara’s accession to the EU.”I’m not saying you’re a Nazi, a fascist. I am explaining the incident… This incident is Nazism. This is fascism,” Erdogan said, reacting to comments made by Merkel and Martin Schulz, her Social Democratic rival, during a televised debate ahead of elections on Sept. 24.Relations between Turkey and Germany have been tense since last year’s attempted coup and Berlin’s reaction to the subsequent crackdown during which over 50,000 people have been arrested including German citizens.It is not the first time Erdogan has used the Nazi comparison. In the run up to an April referendum to boost his powers, he accused Berlin of “Nazi practices” after the cancellation of rallies to drum up support from Turkish voters in Germany.
In the TV showdown with challenger Schulz on Sunday, Merkel said it was “clear that Turkey should not become a member of the European Union”.And Merkel told parliament on Tuesday that she would discuss with EU partners at the next summit in October whether to “suspend or end” Ankara’s long-stalled accession talks to the club.Erdogan called the EU’s stance toward Ankara’s accession bid “hypocrisy and political immorality,” and urged EU to make a clear decision “at once” on the process. – XINHUA