Recep Tayyip Erdogan

President Erdogan ramps up rhetoric ahead of Turkey-EU talks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-Western rhetoric Tuesday ahead of a meeting between his foreign minister and top European Union officials, saying the era of a submissive Turkey bowing to every Western demand is over.

Turkey has been mired in an escalating diplomatic row with EU powerhouse Germany following the arrests last week of a group of human rights activists, including a German national, on terror-related charges. Earlier, a German-Turkish journalist was arrested for allegedly spying and aiding Kurdish rebels.

"The West wants Turkey to bring about their demands no questions asked... I am sorry to say that Turkey no longer exists,"...

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