Erdoğan to fellow Turks living in Europe: ‘’You are the Future of Europe…Have Not Just Three but Five Children”
Continuing the fiery rhetoric of the Turkish government towards the EU today, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told fellow Turks living in Europe that they were the continent’s future and that they must stake a claim to it.
Campaigning in the Central Anatolian city of Eskişehir for the passage of a referendum which would grant his office decisive new powers, Erdoğan addressed Europe’s millions strong Turkish population, an estimated five million of whom will be eligible to vote in the April 16th constitutional referendum.
“The place in which you are living and working is now your homeland and new motherland. Stake a claim to it. Open more businesses, enroll your children in better schools, make your family live in better neighborhoods, drive the best cars, live in the most beautiful houses,” Erdoğan exhorted in front of a large crowd of flag-waving supporters.
“That’s because you are the future of Europe. It will be the best answer to the vulgarism, antagonism, and injustice made against you”, Erdoğan continued, making reference to the recent cancellation of Turkish political rallies in Europe and the March 14th decision by the EU Court of Justice to allow for the prohibition of the Islamic headscarf in the workplace.
In perhaps the most controversial comments of the hour-long address, Islamist Erdoğan called on Turks resident in Europe to have larger families than in Turkey, in order that they inherit their future on the continent.
“I am calling out to my citizens, my brothers and sisters in Europe,” Erdoğan implored, “Have not just three but five children.”