The European Union responded to Turkey on Sunday after Erdogan’s communications director accused Europe of intimidating Muslims.
“Europe is an increasingly dangerous place for Muslims,” Fahrettin Altun, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director said in a series of tweets on Sunday.
“The dog whistle politics of offensive caricatures, accusations of separatism against Muslims, and mosque raids isn’t about freedom of expression. It’s about intimidating and reminding Muslims that they are welcome to keep the European economy going, but they will never belong,” he said.
“Some European leaders today do not just target Muslims in their midst. They attack our sacred values, our scripture, our prophet and our political leaders — our way of life,” Altun added.
Some European leaders today do not just target Muslims in their midst. They attack our sacred values, our scripture, our prophet and our political leaders — our way of life.
— Fahrettin Altun (@fahrettinaltun) October 25, 2020
Altun’s comments were rebuffed by Margaritis Schinas, the European Union Commissioner for Promoting the European Way of Life, who replied on Twitter saying, “Sorry to disappoint you, but this is our way of life as defined in our Treaty.”
— Margaritis Schinas (@MargSchinas) October 25, 2020
The exchange occurred a day after France recalled its ambassador, signaling a deepening rift between Turkey and Europe.
On Saturday, Erdogan had stated that French President Emmanuel Macron needed “mental treatment,” saying he had displayed religious intolerance after the murder of a school teacher who showed cartoon images of the Prophet Mohammed to students.