Wednesday, 9 February 2011

In Auschwitz, Turkey minister accuses EU of 'racism'

Of course, the proper place to say this for a "moderate" Turkish minister was at a Holocaust commemoration at Auschwitz, and then to provide a clarification ... no offence intended.

The EU risks being besieged by a racist mentality "that emulates the fascist methods of the 1930s," said Turkish EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis, speaking at a Holocaust commemoration event in Auschwitz.

A claim by a Turkish minister that the EU risks falling victim to "the facist methods of the 1930s" has drawn a request for clarification, the European Union said Thursday.

Ankara's minister for European Union affairs and its chief negotiator in enlargement talks with the bloc, Egemen Bagis, said at a Holocaust commemoration at Auschwitz this week that the union was at risk from racism.

"The EU, founded in order to eliminate the threats of that period to peace, is today at risk of being overtaken by a racist mentality that... emulates the fascist methods of 1930s," he said.
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