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 party‚Äôs landslide victory last week, Recep Tayyip Erdogan told The Times that the former French President, who heads a convention on the EU‚Äôs future, should ‚Äúthink before speaking‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄúChristian club‚ÄĚ and suggested that M Giscard‚Äôs attitude would only hurt the already fragile dialogue between the Christian and Muslim worlds.
‚ÄúI find his statements unfortunate at this time,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThe EU really shouldn‚Äôt take any steps that would threaten inter-cultural dialogue and in this attitude I see...