Turkey will call Europe to account for an unfair and oppressive attitude towards Turks, who are living in the European Union, after the referendum on constitutional changes that will take place on 16 April, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday at a rally in the coastal city of Izmir.
“I expect a high turnout among Turkish citizens living in European countries. Representatives of the Turkish diaspora have faced unfairness and oppression in Europe many times. However, Turkish people will soon demand that they [Europe] pay for everything they have done. After the 16 April referendum Turkey will call Europe to account,” Erdogan said, as quoted by the Anadolu news agency.
He also promised to reconsider his country’s EU membership bid after the referendum.
Turkish-EU relations are experiencing a noticeable slump amid several European countries’ refusal to let Turkish officials organise demonstrations supporting the constitutional amendments that will be the subject of the referendum and, if adopted, will give more powers to Erdogan.