The Dutch politician, in an interview with the daily Sabah newspaper, also commented on the recent July 22 general elections, in which the ruling AKP won an overwhelming victory, noting "I think this is part of the experience of democracy. Perhaps if we hadn't had such good experiences with this party in the Council over the past 4 years, I would have some worries. But I see no need for worries now. Of course the AKP has its own perspective on Turkey. But if it tries to take Turkey backwards, it could never again approach European institutions. I understand though the fears that exist in the hearts and minds of some Turks."