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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Erdoğan's religious zeal endangering Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has rejected gender equality saying that equality between men and women was 'against nature' at a summit on Monday. Unbelievable, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera comments: "In a Europe that is forgetting its roots anything goes nowadays - even a Turkey that is drifting further and further towards religious fundamentalism at the behest of its all-powerful president. We are dealing with a country that no longer needs to preserve the appearance of separation between church and state. ... The times when Turkey was knocking on the EU's door are over. Only the IS threat prevents Erdoğan from steering the country towards radical Islamism. Rejection of gender equality is the simplest way to profess his new devotion to religious principles. It costs him nothing because no one will demand sanctions for this latest insult."

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