The Turkish President is urging all Turks living in the EU to have at least five children, saying they are the future of Europe and that it would be the best response to the “injustices” imposed on expatriates there.
Recep Erdogan said on Friday:“Go live in better neighborhoods. Drive the best cars. Live in the best houses. Make not three, but five children. Because you are the future of Europe. That will be the best response to the injustices against you”
His comments come amid increasing tensions with some European countries, particularly the Netherlands where Turkish ministers have been banned from holding rallies.
The comments were made while the Turkish president was campaigning for a ‘yes’ vote in an upcoming constitutional referendum that would grant him sweeping new powers.
t is the latest in an ongoing string of comments aimed at Europe after Turkish ministers were prevented from holding campaign rallies there.
The Netherlands has bore the brunt of the criticisms, after it prevented the ministers from addressing a crowd in Rotterdam on Sunday, and later used water cannons to disperse Turkish demonstrators in the city.
Since then, Erdogan has hurled a string of insults at the European country, including accusing it of state terrorism, acting like “Nazi remnants,” and having a “rotten” character.
However, the president is not the only government official who has made his distaste for the Dutch known.
The country’s interior minister, Suleyman Soylu, said late Thursday that the EU is “playing games” to prevent Ankara from becoming strong, suggesting that Turkey could send 15,000 refugees a month to Europe to “blow its mind.” The minister singled out both the Netherlands and Germany, as three German states previously cancelled scheduled rallies.
Also on Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned that Europe is headed for “wars of religion,” claiming Dutch politicians are taking the continent “to a cliff.”