[Ed. – Once again, the Europeans fail to understand and accept another cultural heritage.]
The crisis between Turkey and European countries deepened over the weekend, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doubling down on Nazi analogies while lashing out at critical governments, and repeating earlier advice to Turks in Europe to have more children “because you are the future of Europe.”
Erdogan said during a televised speech on Friday that Turks in Europe should “have five children, not three.”
“They would revive the gas chambers, if they weren’t ashamed,” the Hurriyet daily quoted him as charging of his European critics, during an address at an Islamic foundation in Istanbul on Sunday.
The autocrat Islamist president, who is seeking sweeping new powers through a referendum next month, is angry that German and Dutch authorities blocked his surrogates from addressing rallies to garner support among ethnic Turks there for the “yes” vote – in one case even escorting a minister to the border to prevent her from speaking.