The bitter clash between Italy and Turkey following the words of Prime Minister Draghi, who commented on ‘soft words’ against EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, has identified the Turkish President Erdogan is “a dictator”. Ankara summoned the Italian ambassador and demanded “these nasty and shameless statements” be “withdrawn immediately”. Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay replied directly to Draghi: “If you want to see what dictatorship is, you have to look at the” recent history of your country “and you will see it very clearly.”
“Turkey is a country with an elected parliament and an elected president, with which we have a wide range of concerns and with which we cooperate in many areas. It is a complicated but picture. The EU is not a person “. An EU Commission spokesperson said this in response to a question whether Brussels shared the views of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who defined Erdogan as a dictator. He added that the concerns raised by the EU against Ankara, “related to freedom of speech, fundamental rights, the situation of the judicial system”.
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