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Turkey uses 'Nazi' metaphors out of worry for European friends - deputy PM

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Turkey's ruling Ak Party (AKP) Deputy Chairman responsible for Economic Affairs Numan Kurtulmus talks to foreign media in Ankara January 21, 2014. Picture taken January 21. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

 

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey uses metaphors about Nazism with respect to its European friends as it is worried about them falling again into the trap of the ideology, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

 

Germany and Turkey are at loggerheads after Berlin banned some Turkish ministers from speaking at rallies meant to drum up support among expatriate Turks ahead of a referendum next month that may give President Tayyip Erdogan greater powers.

 

Germany has grown angry with Erdogan repeatedly accusing it of applying "Nazi methods" by banning the rallies on security grounds. On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded again that Turkey stop making such comparisons and said her government reserved the right to block future appearances by ministers unless Ankara complied with German law.

 

Kurtulmus said Turkey was trying to warn Europe over what it sees as European politics being taken hostage by rising racism.

 

"We make these metaphors about fascism and Nazism because we worry about the future of our European friends. We do know what these comments mean, particularly in Germany," Kurtulmus told a news conference in Istanbul.

 

"European countries are the ones that suffered the most from fascism and Nazism between the end of World War One and World War Two. We are seeing and hearing the footsteps of fascism and Nazism now," he said.

 

"We are not saying this to hurt them...We are saying this so that they will remember those bloody days in recent European history and not fall into the trap of fascism again. We are saying this so that they can take precautions."

 

He said Europe was behaving in an anti-democratic manner by blocking elected Turkish ministers from speaking in European cities while allowing what he described as a demonstration by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

 

"This is unacceptable and a stance that does not fit our friendship, our partnership and our long-standing cooperation," he said. "It can not be explained by any democratic rule."

 

Around 30,000 Kurdish supporters rallied in the German city of Frankfurt on Saturday chanting "Erdogan terrorist" and "freedom for Ocalan", referring to Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed PKK leader, with many waving flags featuring his face.

 

The PKK is formally classified as a terrorist group by the European Union and United States.

 

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

 
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jollyhangmon    788

> ... "We make these metaphors about fascism and Nazism because we worry about the future of our European friends. We do know what these comments mean ...<

 

Oh please, does such bullschlassach even work with the last brain-amputated village idiot somewhere in the furthest East of your own country ...?!

 

Glasshouse? Stones? - with the big difference: 80 years ago vs. right now ...!

 

Regards to the goat-kisser! 

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Kiwiken    726

Oh and Europe should not be alarmed at Turkeys obvious lurch to Dictatorial Presidential Politics and a Religious fundamentalism. How sad for one of the advanced Secular countries in the Muslim World to embrace the march back to the 14th Century

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siam2007    1,156
16 hours ago, Kiwiken said:

Oh and Europe should not be alarmed at Turkeys obvious lurch to Dictatorial Presidential Politics and a Religious fundamentalism. How sad for one of the advanced Secular countries in the Muslim World to embrace the march back to the 14th Century

 

...... with other former "secular" Muslim countries to follow suit --->>> next one is Indonesia.

Soon anything "secular" will become extinct

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