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    Go your own way, Erdogan tells EU

    Turkey's Erdogan takes tough EU line after PM quits



    Turkey's president has told the EU it will not change its anti-terror laws in return for visa-free travel.

    "We'll go our way, you go yours," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

    The EU has asked Turkey to revise its laws as a condition for allowing Turkish citizens visa-free travel for short stays.

    The plan is part of a deal involving the return of migrants, mainly Syrians, from Greece to Turkey in order to ease Europe's migration crisis.

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

    Reports said Mr Davutoglu also opposed Mr Erdogan's plan to give more power to the presidency.

    Mr Erdogan said the proposed constitutional changes were a national need.

    The EU wants Turkey to narrow its broad definition of terrorism to match tighter EU standards. It is one of five EU criteria Turkey still has to agree to in order to meet the visa-free requirements.

    But Mr Erdogan rejected this, insisting Turkey remained under a severe threat of terrorism.

    He believes the laws are need to tackle Kurdish militants at home and jihadist groups including so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

    "We will go our way, you go yours," he said in a speech broadcast live on television.

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    Good news for Europe I think!!

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    Erdogan is a despot, and a very very dangerous man. There is a greater case for regime change in Turkey than in Syria.

    Turkey's president has told the EU it will not change its anti-terror laws in return for visa-free travel.

    "We'll go our way, you go yours,
    This is a threat, not an acceptance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Erdogan is a despot, and a very very dangerous man. There is a greater case for regime change in Turkey than in Syria.
    Up to the Turks to decipher and decide their own fate.

    The meddling West need not apply.....the principle reason[s] why the world seems to be so fucked up.

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    I know. Erdogan is doing the wests bidding buying the stolen syrian oil from Isis and supplying it to israel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Erdogan is a despot, and a very very dangerous man. There is a greater case for regime change in Turkey than in Syria.

    Turkey's president has told the EU it will not change its anti-terror laws in return for visa-free travel.

    "We'll go our way, you go yours,
    This is a threat, not an acceptance.
    Agreed, a dangerous man...and shows up the dangers of anti-terrorism laws, if they are taken too far.

    This year is going to be very difficult in many areas of the World. Trump + Brexit + Turkey + Thailand + Brazil + etc.....

    ... makes me want to invest in mars...

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