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Verheugen: Relationship between Turkey and EU is not tense, but “poisoned”

Günter Verheugen, who once served as European Commissioner for Enlargement, said that the relationship between Turkey and EU is not tense, it is “poisoned”.

“The language that both sides are using, it shouldn’t be like this between friends and partners. I ask both sides to stop reciprocal accusations and insults” said in a interview with CNN Türk.

‘Nazi comparison is a basic wrong’

Verheugen said that’Nazi’ comments made by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after the ‘referendum crisis’ with Germany and Netherlands, is wrong. “Nazi or Hitler comparison is a basic wrong. I advice to politicians in the world that they shouldn’t use this comparison. Because nothing present can compare with the pains in those days” he said.

‘Exclusions are changing the democratic character of Turkey’

Verheugen describes Erdoğan’s stance as authoritarian and told: “I disagree with implementations on freedom of speech and press. It’s so hard to believe that thousands of people who got arrested or got sacked because of coup attempt. This is changing the democratic character of Turkey.”

He said, the blocking Turkish ministers to talk in Europe shows those countries’ weakness and added that negotiations between EU and Turkey should be returned.

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