Erdogan Says EU Can’t Give Turkey ‘democracy lesson’
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday stepped up his rhetoric in a bitter row with the European Union over arrests of opposition media, saying the bloc has no right to give lessons in democracy and should itself “look in the mirror”.
Erdogan, who earlier this week astonished EU officials by telling Brussels to “mind their own business”, indicated he had no intention of walking away from a confrontation.
“They say they will give a democracy lesson to Turkey. Take the trouble to come here, so that Turkey can give you a lesson in democracy,” he said in a speech in the Anatolian city of Konya.
He told Brussels to “look in the mirror” in its dealings with Egypt and Syria in particular and said Turkey would never be the European Union’s “doorman”.