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 partyâs landslide victory last week, Recep Tayyip Erdogan told The Times that the former French President, who heads a convention on the EUâs future, should âthink before speakingâ 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 âChristian clubâ and suggested that M Giscardâs attitude would only hurt the already fragile dialogue between the Christian and Muslim worlds.
âI find his statements unfortunate at this time,â he said. âThe EU really shouldnât take any steps that would threaten inter-cultural dialogue and in this attitude I see...