The Gülen movement has "certainly" played a role in the failed coup in Turkey July. That says Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans today in an interview in the Belgian weekly Knack.
Turkey sees the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen living in America as the evil genius behind the coup attempt , but there is so far little evidence.
,, It is now clear that what Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says about the role of the Gülen movement in the coup is not total nonsense, '' said Timmermans. ,, On the basis of US research there are growing indications that the movement certainly played a role. ''
The interview with Carpenter took place last Tuesday at his office in Brussels. "Cordial" was the tone of the conversation, late author Michel Vander Missen know this site. Timmermans was "certainly" in his statements about the Gülen movement. ,, He has it all proofread, too. ''
Timmermans was closely involved in the European-Turkish migration deal and is deeply concerned about the decline of the rule of law in Turkey since the foiled coup. ,, If Erdogan insists on the introduction of the death penalty, he removes himself fundamentally from the European Union and the Council of Europe, of which Turkey is a member. Take a look at the huge amount of cleansing and what happens to the media. ''
Erdogan has several times in recent months requested Gülen's extradition. Shortly after the election of Donald Trump did the Turkish president also already appealed to the upcoming US president Erdogan said yesterday to consider submitting a referendum to the people of Turkey on EU membership.
Relations between Brussels and Ankara are difficult. Turkey accuses the EU does not come through with the promised visa-free regime and money for the refugees. Timmermans operates the refugee settlement. ,, Erdogan complains that we do not pay quickly enough, but it is quite fast. The activities of the smugglers have fallen significantly, and if people are deported from Greece, Turkey still takes them on. ''
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