Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP), listens to questions during a news conference in Rome, November 13, 2002. Erdogan, the leader of the party set to form Turkey's next government, said he would not push for a cha
In his first British newspaper interview since his partyâ€™s landslide victory last week, Recep Tayyip Erdogan told The Times that the former French President, who heads a convention on the EUâ€™s future, should â€śthink before speakingâ€ť â€” particularly in the post September 11 world.
Mr Erdogan, whose Justice and Development Party (AK) has strong Islamist roots, decried the idea that the EU was some sort of â€śChristian clubâ€ť and suggested that M Giscardâ€™s attitude would only hurt the already fragile dialogue between the Christian and Muslim worlds.
â€śI find his statements unfortunate at this time,â€ť he said. â€śThe EU really shouldnâ€™t take any steps that would threaten inter-cultural dialogue and in this attitude I see...