Erdoğan vows to review Turkey's relations with EU

Erdoğan vows to review Turkey's relations with EUTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday said after an April referendum Turkey may review relations with Europe, Reuters reported.

Erdoğan described Europe as "fascist and cruel" and resembling that of the pre-World War Two era.

Turkey and Europe are at loggerheads with Ankara accusing some European countries such as Germany and the Netherlands of applying what it says are "Nazi methods" by banning the rallies of Turkish ministers among expatriate Turks ahead of a key vote that could give Erdogan greater powers.

Turkey will no longer be threatened by the European Union (EU) membership process, Erdogan said and added that, from now on, it will not allow any Europeans on Turkish soil to carry out "spying" under various pretexts.

Speaking on Tuesday, Erdogan announced he would review relations with the EU, and promised a "very different Turkey" after the referendum.

"This Europe, like before World War Two, is a racist, fascist, cruel Europe... An anti-Islam and anti-Turkish Europe," Erdogan told a rally in Ankara.

The EU has criticised the referendum, saying it would concentrate too much power in the president's hands.
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