March 21, 2017 / 10:01 AM / 5 months ago

Turkey's Erdogan says may review ties with Europe after referendum

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, March 19, 2017.Murad Sezer

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said after an April referendum Turkey may review relations with Europe, which he described as 'fascist and cruel' and resembling that of the pre-World War Two era.

Turkey and Europe are at loggerheads with Ankara accusing some European countries such as Germany and the Netherlands of applying what it says are 'Nazi methods' by banning the rallies of Turkish ministers among expatriate Turks ahead of a key vote that could give Erdogan greater powers.

Turkey will no longer be threatened by the European Union (EU) membership process, Erdogan said and added that, from now on, it will not allow any Europeans on Turkish soil to carry out 'spying' under various pretexts.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk

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