President Erdogan Accuses Europe of “hypocrisy” Over Its Stance On The PKK

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his party members at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. Erdogan said for the first time that Syria's president must step down over the country's brutal crackdown on dissent, ratcheting up the pressure on the increasingly isolated Bashar Assad. In his harshest words yet, Ergodan reminded Assad of the bloody end of the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as well as past dictators, including Adolf Hitler.(ddp images/AP Photo)Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called into question the European Union’s sincerity in its stated support for Turkey’s war against the Kurdistan PKK.

In a speech given in Istanbul, a mere two days after an ISIS suicide bomb attack killed five people, Erdogan said the EU was guilty of “hypocrisy” when it comes to the issue of Turkey’s war against the PKK saying it seems to hold some sympathy towards that group.

In reference to a protest tent set-up by pro-PKK activists outside EU buildings in Brussels during the EU-Turkey talks on the migrant issue Erdogan asked, “How can the EU, which considers this [group, the PKK] a terrorist organization, tolerate such a situation?”

“Where’s the sincerity?” he added. “How can you talk about sincerity when the terrorist organization is allowed to erect a tent in Brussels, outside the European Council building?”

In the speech, Erdoğan also said Turkey was suffering “one of the biggest waves of terrorism in its history”, vowing to crush the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group, as well as the Kurdish rebels behind a string of attacks.

“We will hit these terrorist organisations as hard as possible,” Erdogan said two days after a suspected ISIL suicide attack in Istanbul that killed at least five people.

“Faced with the terrorists’ new strategies, we will develop new modes of combat and quickly overcome them.” Erdoğan said.