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Austria’s Leader Seeks Crackdown on Islamist Terrorism After Attack – New York Times

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced a set of legislative proposals that would make it easier to keep terrorists behind bars, close mosques and clamp down on funding for terrorists. BERLIN — Austria would allow courts to extend the sentences of convicted terrorists and it would establish a new criminal offense for people who “create the breeding …

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Does Trump’s Defeat Signal the Start of Populism’s Decline Globally? – New York Times

Populist leaders may have lost their most prominent champion, but their economic, social and political grievances remain potent. LONDON — When Hungary’s populist prime minister, Viktor Orban, joined a parade of foreign leaders in congratulating President-elect Joe Biden this week, he conspicuously failed to note that Mr. Biden had actually beaten his friend, President Trump. …

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France And Turkey Not Embroiled In “Clash Of Civilizations” But Rather Geopolitical Struggle – Greek City Times

The horrific terrorist attacks in France and the confrontation that erupted between Paris and Ankara has questioned alliances and changed the geopolitical landscape in the East Mediterranean and Africa, which many are calling a “clash of civilizations” between the liberal secular West, led by France, and reactionary extreme Islamism, led by Turkey. However, a stronger argument …

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Macron wants to fix France’s social ills – but he won’t do it by ‘reforming’ Islam – The Guardian

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, minced no words in his recent diatribe against his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. “Macron needs mental treatment,” Erdoğan said. This blast from Ankara came in response to Macron’s announcement of a series of measures intended to “reform” the practice of Islam in France and end “Islamist separatism” – proof, …

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The unbearable hypocrisy of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s assault on France’s Emmanuel Macron

In the wake of a terrorist’s murder of French school teacher Samuel Paty, French President Emmanuel Macron stood up for freedom of expression and defended France’s tradition of laicism. Simply put, Macron recognizes that religious passion neither can justify murder nor serve as a reason to dilute fundamental individual freedoms. As Macron has made the defense of …

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With French Spat, Turkey Continues Its Drift Away from Europe – The National Interest

Both leaders were playing to their domestic galleries, but their harsh exchange, although not the root cause of the increasing rift between Turkey and major European countries, demonstrated the extent to which Turkish–European relations have gone downhill. Turkey is slowly but surely drifting away from the West. The recent spat between Turkish President Recep Tayyip …

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Erdogan Now Aims his Guns at Europe – Greek Reporter Europe

The Islamist terrorist acts in France indicate that Erdogan’s plan to appear as the leader and self-appointed protector of all Muslims, including those living in liberal western democracies, is gaining ground. The instrumentalization of the Muslims of Europe, using them as a weapon against the European countries in which they live and work, is part of the Turkish president’s plan to destabilize Europe in order to achieve his expansionist aims.

Before he appealed to the sentiments of the 70 million Muslims living in Europe, Erdogan had also used the migration card which he has long held up his sleeve. He has openly threatened Europe with unleashing the millions of refugees and migrants in his country and allowing them to enter the Continent, unless he got what he wanted from the EU.

Now, it appears, Islamist terrorists already living in Europe are the weapon of the day.

Turkey’s political suicide bomber president – Washington Examiner

[…] But either Erdogan doesn’t care, or he has a fetish for popular pain. After all, the president’s showdown with Greece is nothing short of an imperialist effort to rewrite sovereign boundaries and subjugate the nemesis of all loyal Turkish ultra-nationalists. Erdogan’s effort to establish an Islamic boycott of French goods is both immoral and destined to failure (there are few substitutes for high-value French produce), and the EU has already offered President Emmanuel Macron its support. Erdogan’s obsession with retaining the S-400 system is equally idiotic. That system is totally at odds with Turkey’s responsibilities to NATO.

Erdoğan threatens France after Charlie Hebdo magazine mocks Turkish leader, but Czech PM Babiš says France protect its values – RMX.news

“Europe will defend its values together. That is why I fully support my friend Emmanuel Macron. We must fight for freedom of expression, and we will not succumb to the pressure of authoritarians and aggressors. We will not be blackmailed,” wrote Babiš on Twitter.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab previously called on NATO allies to show unity on tolerance and freedom of expression, which is evidence that Britain is indirectly objecting to Turkey’s behavior, which has called for a boycott of French goods along with many other Muslim nations. Erdoğan’s statements were also condemned by the head of diplomacy of the European Union, Josep Borrell.

Erdogan’s boycott call against France more grandstanding than economic threat – Al Monitor

The pressing economic grievances of the Turkish public and deep-rooted business links with France are likely to far outweigh any Turkish enthusiasm to boycott French goods. Amid a simmering row with his French counterpart, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the nation to boycott French goods, but few are likely to heed his appeal …

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Terror investigation launched as three killed in knife attack at Nice church – RFI

A man wielding a knife has killed at least three people in an attack at a church in the southern French city of Nice. The suspect was injured by police and detained after the attack. The attack took place around 9am Thursday morning at the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice. Three deaths have been confirmed, …

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Erdogan and Khan are hypocritical about Macron′s France – Deutsche Welle – Opinion

“What problem does this person called Macron have with Muslims and Islam? Macron needs treatment on a mental level,” Erdogan recently said.

Pakistani premier Khan, who is known for his deep admiration of Erdogan, followed suit. “This is a time when President Macron could have put a healing touch and denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarization and marginalization that inevitably leads to radicalization,” Khan wrote on Twitter.

While it can be argued that the French president should have dealt with the issue of secularism in Europe in a different way, the criticism by Erdogan and Khan is hypocritical and outrageous.