- Chancellor Kurz tweeted that, through President Erdogan’s reckless statements, Ankara is increasingly moving away from the values of the European Union.
- Erdogan recently suggested President Macron needed “treatment on a mental level.” referring to Macron's statements on Islam.
- Borrell tweeted that Erdoğan’s words are “unacceptable. I call on Turkey to stop this dangerous spiral of confrontation.”
The Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, and the European Union’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, have strongly condemned the insults of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, aimed his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. On his part, the Chancellor made his thoughts known on Twitter.
Chancellor Kurz tweeted that, through President Erdogan’s reckless statements, Ankara is increasingly moving away from the values of the European Union.
In what is considered an insult, Erdogan recently suggested President Macron needed “treatment on a mental level.”
The Turkish President was referring to the French President’s recent show of toughness on Muslims after a high school teacher was beheaded for showing the Mohammed cartoons in a classroom, on the outskirts of Paris.
Chancellor Kurz, aside from criticizing Erdogan, also called for an end to negotiations for Turkey’s accession to the European Union, and pledged his “full support and solidarity with France.”
Samuel Paty, the 47 year-old murdered teacher, taught History and Geography at Conflans – Sainte – Honorine, outside Paris. He was beheaded on October 16 by Abdullakh Anzorov, a refugee of Russian and Chechen origin, aged 18.
Presidents Macron and Erdogan have had several disagreements in recent months due to Turkey’s intervention in Libya, disputes over the territorial waters of Cyprus and Greece, and, more recently, due to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, in which Turkey is clearly aligned with Azerbaijan against Armenia.
The French Presidency on Friday considered the statements by President Erdogan, “questioning the mental health” of his French counterpart, to be “unacceptable,” because of his attitude towards Muslims.
Borrell Faults Erdogan’s Statements On Macron
The EU’s Foreign Minister, Borrell, also took to Twitter to describe the Turkish president’s statements on his French counterpart, as unacceptable, and implored him to stop the dangerous spiral of confrontation.
Borrell also recalled the European Council in early October in Brussels, during which EU leaders tried to defuse tensions with President Erdogan. In particular, they pledged to improve cooperation and relaunch the customs union if Turkey stopped drilling in Cypriot waters with gas fields.
At the time, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned, ” in case of such renewed actions by Ankara, the EU will use all its instruments and options available. We have a toolbox that we can apply immediately.”
Borrell tweeted that Erdoğan’s words are “unacceptable. I call on Turkey to stop this dangerous spiral of confrontation.”
He declared that EU leaders, at a summit earlier this month, had made Turkey “a real offer to relaunch our relationship.” But, he warned, “political will from the Turkish authorities is needed on this positive agenda. Otherwise, Turkey will be even more isolated.”
In a speech on Saturday, Erdogan stated, referring to Mácron, that “all you can say about a head of state who treats millions of members of different religious communities in this way is that he does mental health tests first.”
Two weeks ago, Erdogan had considered Macron’s statements about “Islamist separatism,” and the need to “structure Islam” in France a provocation.