Anti-Turkey sentiment shows lack of vision in European politics, presidential spox says

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Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın criticized the current state of German politics for focusing on anti-Turkey sentiment, which he said was an indication of growing “lack of vision” in Europe and fuels xenophobia and discrimination.

In a series of messages posted on his official Twitter account on Monday, Kalın said the fact that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her opponent center-left candidate Martin Schulz’s debate focused on Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was “no coincidence.”

“Attacking Turkey and Erdoğan with total disregard for Germany and Europe’s fundamental and urgent needs is a reflection of narrowing vision in Europe” Kalın said, adding that anti-Turkey sentiment, as well as ignoring basic local issues by putting the blame on the “other” has become a means of relief for European politicians.

Kalın warned that societies which try to identify themselves through alienation of the “other” can never find their own identities because such stance only harms themselves.

“Submission of mainstream German politics to populism and otherization or alienation will only fuel discrimination and racism” Kalın said, while he criticized Germany for harboring PKK and Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) terrorists.

The presidential aide also noted that Merkel and Schulz both refrained from touching on the issue of rising racism and discrimination in Germany.

“It does not matter which political party wins the German elections because which mindset will prevail is now obvious” Kalın said.

The presidential aide also said that Turkey hopes the problematic atmosphere caused by such narrow political vision changes soon.

Merkel and Schulz both expressed their willingness to obstruct Turkey’s EU accession. While Merkel said she would ask the bloc to halt membership talks, Schulz said he would stop Turkey’s bid if he was elected chancellor.

Relations between Turkey and Germany have been damaged particularly since the July 15 failed coup attempt by FETÖ last year, which attempted to topple the democratically elected government in Turkey. Ankara accuses Germany of sheltering senior FETÖ figures linked to the coup attempt, and allowing PKK, DHKP-C and other terrorist groups to freely carry out activities in the country.

The two countries were also involved in a bitter diplomatic spat over German parliament’s bill describing 1915 events as “genocide” and Turkey’s counter measure of preventing German lawmakers to visit German anti-Daesh troops deployed at the Incirlik base. Germany pulled out its 260 military personnel and fighters from Turkey in June, and redeployed them in Jordan.



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