The European Union needs Turkey more than Ankara needs the bloc, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday, denouncing a new European Parliament report that was sharply critical of the rule of law in his country.

His comments come amid controversy in Europe over a deal between Brussels and Turkey to stop the flow of migrants from war-torn Syria and other troubled countries to EU territory.

“The European Union needs Turkey more than Turkey needs the European Union,” Erdogan said to cheers in a televised speech to municipal leaders in Ankara, denouncing as “provocative” last week’s European Parliament report which accused Ankara of backsliding on democracy.

He lashed out at the report for not praising Turkey’s hosting of some 2.7 million refugees from the war in neighboring Syria.

“Three million people have been looked after in this country so they don’t disturb the Europeans. Is there anything about this in the report?” said Erdogan.

“At a time when our relations with the European Union are in a positive phase regarding the migrants… it is provocative to come out with a report like that,” he added.

Turkey has been given a string of promises from the European Union in return for stepping up work to stop migrants crossing to EU territory and also taking them back.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned Monday that Ankara would not abide by its side of the deal unless the EU fulfils a promise to grant Turks visa-free travel by June.

“This is a mutual commitment. If the EU cannot take the necessary steps required of it then of course it cannot be expected of Turkey to take these steps,” Davutoglu told reporters at Ankara airport before heading to Strasbourg to address the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

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Cheryl Llera
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Cheryl Llera

@leithfadel Turkey doesn’t need Sultan Erdogan

Alexandru Candet
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Alexandru Candet

Looks like he’s possessed…????

Luis Llo Glez
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Luis Llo Glez

Nuuuts!!!…

Emre Taş
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Emre Taş

Idiot shias.

El Cid Asaei
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El Cid Asaei

We can see you took a break from molesting your goat to write this.

Sliani Khalid
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Sliani Khalid

The self proclaimed sultan dictator is obviously megalomanic and deluded,

Rens
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Rens
davide
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davide

he’s getting sicker and sicker

andy
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andy

Poor Erdogan,you fight to capture syria,BUT YOU GOT MILLION OF SYRIANS (refugies) poor poor baby.
ur isis bless u

daeshit sucks
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daeshit sucks

The fact is that Erdogan needs more Turkey than Turkey needs Erdogan and if ever Turkey enter the E.U., Turkey won’t be Erdogan’s dictature anymore. Maybe if Turkey, Arabia an Qatar didn’t interfeered in syrian internal affairs and, by letting the oil and jihadis cross his southern border, thus founding the mess they did there, there wouldn’t have been 3 millions refugees fleeing the country and a 5 years ware claiming 270,000 lives. From the cultural and historical POV, most of Europeans consider that Turkey is not in Europe but in Asia although there’s a little part which was stolen… Read more »

Sam Handwich
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Sam Handwich

1st they are not locked in, otherwise they would not show up in Germany; 2nd there are many indications that Turkey is exaggerating the numbers of refugees it hosts. 3rd Go pound sand Erdogan.

Harrison H Elfrink
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Harrison H Elfrink

I mean, the EU is not in the best shape, but at least the major European countries aren’t on the brink of an ethnic or political crisis in the same way Turkey is with the ruling AK Party or the Kurdish population.