Weber lashes out against Erdoğan

EPP chief in the European Parliament Manfred Weber has hit at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over the latter’s intention to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque.

“Hagia Sophia is a symbol of Christian heritage and obviously President Erdoğan wants to push this Christian heritage out of the history books of the region and especially of Turkey,” he told MEGA TV in an interview.

“For me it’s also a clear signal of weakness of Erdoğan’s leadership in Turkey. Erdoğan is now using very emotional even populistic messages in politics to try to keep his power strong […] And it’s also increasing the distance between Turkey and the EU,” the German politician said. (Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)

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