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Belgium: Racism, 'Turcophobia' among Europe's biggest threats - Turkish deputy PM02:02

Belgium: Racism, 'Turcophobia' among Europe's biggest threats - Turkish deputy PM

Belgium, Brussels
July 13, 2017 at 02:04 GMT -00:00 · Published

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus spoke to an audience in Brussels, on Wednesday, where he criticised what he saw as "rising racism, ethnocentrism, Islamophobia and 'Turcophobia'" in Europe. Kurtulmus assessed these issues as the "biggest threats" to the continent.

He went on to say that such issues were manifested in the rhetoric against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "The concrete form of all of these is hostility toward Tayyip Erdogan. No? When we get to the point, are we bothered by some politicians' attitudes against us in Europe? Yes we are," he said to the crowd.

Almost a year since the attempted coup against the Turkish government, that took place on 15 July 2016, Kurtulmus said that, despite the security threat, the Turkish people remained optimistic. He recalled, "We thought that, yes we are having a hard night but tomorrow Turkey will wake up to a beautiful day and everything will be much better."

Belgium: Racism, 'Turcophobia' among Europe's biggest threats - Turkish deputy PM02:02
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Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus spoke to an audience in Brussels, on Wednesday, where he criticised what he saw as "rising racism, ethnocentrism, Islamophobia and 'Turcophobia'" in Europe. Kurtulmus assessed these issues as the "biggest threats" to the continent.

He went on to say that such issues were manifested in the rhetoric against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "The concrete form of all of these is hostility toward Tayyip Erdogan. No? When we get to the point, are we bothered by some politicians' attitudes against us in Europe? Yes we are," he said to the crowd.

Almost a year since the attempted coup against the Turkish government, that took place on 15 July 2016, Kurtulmus said that, despite the security threat, the Turkish people remained optimistic. He recalled, "We thought that, yes we are having a hard night but tomorrow Turkey will wake up to a beautiful day and everything will be much better."

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