Ankara, Mar 27 (DHA) - Relations between Turkey and European Union member states will “relatively normalize” after the completion of a series of elections in Europe, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Monday.
Meeting with the chief editors of TV broadcasters, Yıldırım said it was not correct to say “all EU states are against Turkey.”
“But a few of them are conducting an active campaign against [Turkey] with regard to the constitutional amendment,” he said, referring to the government-supported bid to shift to an executive presidential system, due to be voted in a referendum on April 16.
Yıldırım warned that “Islamophobia and anti-Turkish tendencies” pose a risk to Europe, while claiming that the arguments of the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen and the PKK are heeded over Turkey’s perspective.
Addressing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s comments that Ankara will “reassess” its ties with the European Union after the April 16 referendum, Yıldırım said “the people will make the decision on issues that politics can’t decide.”
A referendum on Turkey’s EU membership bid could be held if Turkish citizens are “in confusion” about the process, he added.