Middle East | Turkey's Erdogan takes tough EU line after PM Davutoglu quits

Turkey’s Erdogan takes tough EU line after PM Davutoglu quits

May 7, 2016 10:25 AM (UTC+8)

 

“We’ll go our way, you go yours,” says the president

(From BBC)

Turkey’s president has told the European Union (EU) that it will not change its anti-terror laws in return for visa-free travel.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“We’ll go our way, you go yours,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

The EU says Turkey needs to narrow its definition of terrorism to qualify for visa-free travel — which is part of a larger deal between the sides aimed at easing Europe’s migration crisis.

Erdogan was speaking a day after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who largely negotiated the EU deal, said he was stepping down.

Davutoglu had also reportedly opposed Erdogan’s plan to give more power to the presidency. Erdogan said the proposed constitutional changes were a national need, not a personal requirement. Read More

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