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Turkey turns against Dutch radicalism

Published on : 11 June 2011 - 12:39pm | By Rob Kievit (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Dutch media that he is opposed to radical politics. Without mentioning anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders, Mr Erdogan said, "Radicalism brings misery over the people and the country."

The Turkish Prime Minister, who usually shuns foreign media, was interviewed by Holland's public broadcaster NOS and daily NRC Handelsblad on the eve of Sunday's general elections in Turkey. Campaigning on a national pride theme, Mr Erdogan's AK party is expected to come out as the winner for the third time in a row.

European Union
Geert Wilders' Freedom Party is opposed to Turkey's entry into the European Union. With 15 percent of the popular vote, the nationalist Freedom Party is a key supporter of the Netherlands' minority government. Brussels has been considering Ankara's membership application since 1987.

Explaining Turkey's position, Europe Minister Egemen Bagis later told the Dutch press that his government is dealing with the Netherlands' government, not with Geert Wilders' Freedom Party. "We're assuming that the Dutch population is not interested in the anti-Islam position of Mr Wilders," the Turkish minister said.

Dangerous man
Geert Wilders reacted in characteristic fashion, not mincing his words: "Mr Erdogan is a dangerous Islamist of the worst kind. If he wins the elections, Turkey will definitively turn its back on Europe. As far as we're concerned they will never get into the EU anyway, but in any case normal relations will become complicated when he is involved. A dangerous man, himself an Islamic radical."

A member of the Dutch opposition Socialist Party, Sadet Karabulut, said on Twitter, "Turkish premier Erdogan may be concerned about a radicalisation in Dutch politics. I'm concerned about Mr Erdogan's radical politics."

(rk)

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Discussion

eslaporte 11 July 2011 - 8:25pm / USA

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is right on target...and many of us that know that the Netherlands is becoming a radicalized country wish that Turkey can speak out more at the Council of Europe, the United Nations and other international institutions. Turkey should try to get the European Union off of its collective lard butt regarding the radicalized situation in the Netherlands.

The danger is that iff Wilders ever got to be minister-president - the Netherlands will become a Muslim-persecuting country and will take company with Iran and other rogue nations. The EU will immidently lose cridibility - and this could mean the death of the EU.

The threat from Geert Wilders and his "political party" - the threat against European security - the radicalization of Dutch society - simply cannot be underestimated.

Ravi Ranjan Singh Bharat Panthi 12 June 2011 - 4:34pm / Bharat(India)

"Radicalism brings misery over the people and the country." is true institutionalized and glorification Radicalism, of de -humanization, rape, looting, stoning, torture, slavery, fraud and stupidity started 1400 years back. Why it took so much time for Turks to realize it. Anyway, let humans welcome their realization and buck them up to rehumanize and discard Camel raiders’ cult.

Ravi Ranjan Singh Bharat Panthi 12 June 2011 - 4:11pm / Bharat(India)

"Radicalism brings misery over the people and the country." is true institutionalized and glorification Radicalism, of de -humanization, rape, looting, stoning, torture, slavery, fraud and stupidity started 1400 years back. Why it took so much time for Turks to realize it. Anyway, let humans welcome their realization and buck them up to rehumanize and discard Camel raiders’ cult.

faiz 27 September 2011 - 1:31pm / Dubai

really Ravi then what about the mass murderer govt of yours which butch thousands of muslims in gujrat back few years back.Erodogan condemns radicalization of any country but do you condemn sati in which the widow of a hindu is burned alive in her husbands funeral ,i mean your stone ,monkey and moon god worshiping cult also strictly orders its followers to not let low cast hindus touch their body or house or their food or their drink lol and people complain about apartheid hehehe...

well what about bombay riots killed more thousands muslims there what about babri masjid riots.Death toll of muslims and christians died in riots in india is quite scary .But as are hindu you must be proud of it.

Rape in islam its not even allowed to look at another woman and rape...AAHH CHILD MARRIAGES IN INDIA NICE ONE.

Hope your beloved thoughts of Fanaticism will end..

Tim Bus 12 June 2011 - 7:00am / Canada

"Radicalism brings misery over the people and the country."

You couldn't make this stuff up.
It makes Kafka's writings the zenith of naievity.
Was he talking about GW radicalising Holland?
Surely he wasn't siding with GW, on the misery of
radical mohammedanism, visited on the people and country of Holland?

No. Mr Tayyip Erdogan Armenicide (Mr Tea to his IHH/ISM/FGM friends)
was excelling in taqiyya(Google that), and projecting all that is vile
and nasty about himself, his party, and its drive to Armageddon.

Turkey was a modern and progressive society, in DIRECT PROPORTION
to the modernisations of Mustapha Kemal; ergo in inverse proportion
to the banale genocidal frothings of hate fuelled imams and mullahs.

Mr Tea: If ever there was a case of 'the pot calling the kettle black'
then yours is truly such. Psychologists note the quintessential use of 'projection', so typically employed by leftards and islamists.

Anonymous 12 June 2011 - 5:25am / Turnkey

If Turkey has a Europe-minister I demand that Europe gets a Turkey-minister looking after a budget that is disproportionally the inverse of the difference between the first and the latter, whichever is larger, with an office at the gates of Vienna. Maybe we can also start a special savings account to bail out Turkey a couple a years after they join the EU?

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