Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on Turkey’s citizens in Europe to step up their rates of procreation and have five children each, saying a booming Turkish population would be the best answer to the EU’s “vulgarism, antagonism, and injustice”.
Nearly a week after a diplomatic row between erupted between Holland and Turkey, Mr Erdoğan continued what has become a daily ritual of hurling fresh antagonism towards Europe in front of cheering crowds of his conservative supporters.
Erdogan, centre, poses for a photos with the members of a folklore group as he arrives to address his supporters in Sakarya, Turkey on Thursday
Erdogan, centre, poses for a photos with the members of a folklore group as he arrives to address his supporters in Sakarya, Turkey on Thursday.
Speaking in the central city of Eskişehir, Turkey’s president urged “his brothers and sisters in Europe” to begin a baby boom in their new countries. “Have not just three but five children,” he told his flag-waving audience.