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Tayyip Erdogan

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lanokia, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. Weald56

    Weald56 Established commenter

    Just seen this, by the way:

  2. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    If Britain leaves the EU, then their sole real advocate for membership has gone.
    lanokia likes this.
  3. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

  4. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    This is getting worryingly sick.


    A Dutch journalist was blocked from leaving Turkey on Sunday following her arrest on Saturday night for tweets deemed critical of the Turkish president,Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

    “Police at the door. No joke,” wrote Ebru Umar on her Twitter account.

    Umar, a well-known atheist and feminist journalist of Turkish origin, recently wrote a piece criticising Erdoğan for the Dutch daily Metro, extracts of which she then tweeted, leading to her arrest. After her arrest in the resort town of Kusadasi in western Turkey, where she was on holiday, Dutch officials said, she was brought before a judge.

    She later said she was “free but forbidden to leave the country”.

    Dutch blog Geenstijl said it received a message from Umar saying that she had been arrested after someone reported her tweets on a hotline set up by Turkish officials.

    Maybe I shouldn't post this... don't want to upset Tayyib. Might hurt his feelings.
  5. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    We need to make it clear to the sultan that he's taking Turkey decades from EU membership each time he acts in this way...
  6. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Strange how this doesn't seem to interest either side of the EU debate... EU nations arresting citizens for criticising non-EU leaders...

    Ah well...

    Very true...
  7. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

  8. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    President Erdogan... smells like the back of a ram...
    President Erdogan... less appetising than ham...
    Oh Tayyib Oh Tayyib... so desperate to prove you're man...

    Nah, poetry was never my strong suit.
  9. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    More journalists arrested in Erdogan's Turkey...


  10. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  11. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  12. silvaran

    silvaran Occasional commenter

    They do. But that does not make EU membership any closer. Despite the UK advocating for Turkey's membership for 25 years, France, Germany, Greece and Cyprus are totally against it.
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  13. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    And long may that continue [as long as Tayyib is in charge at least]
  14. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    Merkel and Tusk clearly really want to stay on the good side of Turkey, as they are acting as Europe's waste disposal and I'm sure bringing them under the EU umbrella is an eventual goal but at the moment it's just completely unfeasible. Turkey clearly won't budge on anything - and Turkey's democratic 'problems' are common knowledge. It would be a PR disaster to allow them any concessions - the equivalent of inviting North Korea in to the common market.
  15. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    Is he, or is he wholly representative?
  16. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    No... No I don't think he is... since his rise to power Turkey has become more despotic, less democratic and more unstable in foreign policy terms.

    I have a lot of time for the Turkish nation, people and culture.... but not [as I hope this thread has made clear] Erdogan.
  17. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Now Tayyib is upset because the Germans have dared call the murder of 1.5 million people Genocide...

    Now if only someone could stop Tayyib emulating his Ottoman predecessors in the Kurdish regions.


  18. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    He has a great name though.

    Rechipp Type Erdoowan.
  19. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  20. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    The EU threw 3 billion Euros at Turkey last November, agreed to make it easier for Turkish nationals to get visas and ease the difficulties for them to join the EU - and all because the EU is incapable of any coherent action to manage the influx of refugess and migrants itself.

    Turkey is laughing all the way to the bank and paying no more than lip service to its commitment on migrants.
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