“The political climate is poisoned by this. President Erdogan has torn down what we have built up over decades. We get threats, emails as ethnic Turkish lawmakers saying we aren’t sufficiently loyal as ‘Turks’, but I am a German politician and I do politics for Germany and for all people who live here.”
“What happened during that televised debate is Nazism, what happened there is facism. I’m not saying ‘you’re a Nazi, you’re a Fascist’, I am merely describing what happened there.”
On the morning of June 15, while the teenager was waiting at a bus stop for the school bus to arrive, a guard by the name of Onur Ö. snuck up on her and started a conversation. The girl, who is named ‘K’ in order to protect her identity, felt intimidated by the man’s words and left for another place to await the bus’ arrival, Turkish daily Hürriyet reports.
Turkey has received almost €1 billion from the EU meant for the rule of law and democracy, and that’s not the whole picture; between 2007 and this year, Turkey was allocated roughly €4.8 billion, which is more than 40 percent of the EU’s Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance fund’s (IPA) allocations. Of that, €2.68 billion was committed and €2.19 billion paid out. A further €1.65 billion has been allocated since 2014 but has not yet been paid out.
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani sat down with Erdogan yesterday at the NATO Summit, and tweeted afterwards that the meeting was: “Frank and constructive,” and that is he is now “waiting now for a positive signal from his side on the death penalty and freedom of the press.”
This Wednesday, during the discussion of the Netherlands, a Turkish representative spoke of a deteriorating human rights situation” with “xenophobic and islamophobic trends.