Τετάρτη, 1 Ιανουαρίου 2014

Turkey lashes out at EU 'interference' in corruption scandal


Turkish women protesters shout slogans against the government

Recip Tayyep Erdogan's embattled government rejects EU criticism of its handling of investigation


Turkish women protesters shout slogans against the government in Istanbul Photo: EPA


By Middle East Correspondent

Turkey’s government, engulfed by a corruption scandal, hit out at the European Union on Sunday for “interfering”, as the crisis widened the fault lines between the country and its neighbours and former allies.
The cabinet of the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has looked increasingly isolated by the scandal, and has accused both the United States and Gulf countries of plotting against him.
The EU left it till Friday to issue a mild statement calling for “transparency” in the investigation, which has led to the resignation of three ministers whose sons were arrested in the inquiry.
The EU commissioner for enlargement, Stefan Füle, had also praised a court decision to suspend a new cabinet order which would have changed the way the police and the judiciary handled such investigations, intended to ensure they were reported to their political masters.
Mr Erdogan was furious that the corruption investigation against his ministers had been underway for 14 months without his knowledge.

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